December 1974

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975.
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. The second of four "National Flags" created by Finlay - here a green rectangle with a skull and crossbones top left. Arcadia, was of course, a rural utopia, a place of perfection but in its most famous form it is in the Poussin painting ET ARCADIA EGO where a crypt is found with the inscription carved on it. It is a reminder of humanity's fate to die no matter how wonderful the life one lives. The "pirate" symbol here has the same function although the flag taken as a whole would suggest the viewer should be cautious. Finlay has created many words based on the Poussin. VG+

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975.
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp. Artist's postcard with a b/w image of an Oerlikon cannon set above a text in English, German and French, about the siting of sculptures:
"Poised against a natural background of vegetation, sculpture can inform the landscape or a garden with a new and tranquillising significance which the beholder finds spontaneously communicated to himself."
Apart from the ironies of "tranquillising" and "spontaneously communicated" when referring to a faster than sound weapon system are dark humour, this is one of Finlay's many cards that show weapons hidden in countryside (hence a reference to the Poussin painting "Et in Arcadia Ego") but also is a "homage" to Max Bill the designer and architect in that the gun's hard edges has similarities to certain works by him and in that the quote is from one of his books on architectural theory.. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
6 x 24cm, 4pp (printed internally with asymmetric fold such that part of the card is hidden until opened). Artist's postcard with a drawing by Ron Costley of seven swans - the first 6 are made up from number "2"s and the hidden last one is a "7". A visual poem. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
8.7 x 11.7cm, 4pp. Artist's card with a painting by Karl Torok of a Finlay cotton-reel (also known as a bobbin) tank (a well known way of children to make such toys). The title also refers to the Churchill Bobbins tanks (the bobbin from the reel that was found at the front of these tanks which laid tracks or bridges) although the model here is not accurate to the latter's design. VG+.

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Heidelberg: Edition Staeck, 1974 15 x 10.5cm, 2pp artist postcard - a portrait of Byars in black goggles and hat with Duchamp’s famous work “Bottle Rack” behind him (almost crowning the artist) taken by Sigmar Polke. Fine....

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
12.6 x 4.7cm, 1pp. Black on blue bookmark with a drawing by Laurie Clark - at the top a ship with seven sails ( a schooner) which despite all of the masts is still only a "Lone Sail" and then an illustration of a double sundial which has been also denoted here as a "schooner" because similarity of the multiple gnomons to multiple sails. VG+

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Rome: Cannaviello Studio d'arte, 1974

29.2 x 10.2cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for a group show in Italy with contributions by David Askevold, John Baldessari, Robert Cumming, Jochen Gerz, Peter Hutchison, Jean Le Gac, William Wegman and others to which Boltanski contributed. by 1974 Boltanski was regularly invited to major group shows and many of those being international events - this was only 9 years after his very first public outing.
There are some marks on the front of this card and it is a hand addressed mailed example with stamp and frank. Else VG.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
6.5 x 1.7cm, 6pp. Black on white printed on one side only. The folded card shows on the front an elevation (drawn by Michael Harvey) of a U-Boat conning tower which when the card is opened is additionally shown in end elevation to be a sculpture on grass (a cow is standing next to the structure) and on the final panel a title text and the sub-heading - "Plan for projected U-boat sculpture". VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
9.5 x 5cm, 12pp (single folded sheet). Black on cheap green card with the text: "Who owned the last Norfolk Wherry" and if the card is turned ninety degrees the answer is given as "Messrs. Woods, Sadd & Moore". and a repeated drawing by Michael Harvey. The card (the least attractive, or interesting that Finlay made to our opinion) regards the loss of the wherry boats that used to be found on the Norwich Broads. Messrs. Woods, Sadd & Moore were barley and seed merchants and Finlay finds the partners' names to be evocative of the countryside and a lost past. VG+.

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Napoli: Lucio Amelio Modern Art Agency, 1974
21 x 15cm, 2pp announcement card for a Naples exhibition (where he had previously exhibited La rivoluzione siamo Noi at Amelio’s gallery in 1971). One text drawing on the front, verso gallery information. A mailed copy with stamp and typed address. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
9.9 x 9.9cm, 2pp. A diamond pattern is reproduced in pink and grey. The title refers to the brightly patched or patterned character from commedia dell'arte and Finlay was interested in the paintings of Picasso where such characters were portrayed. Finlay in other works such as La Belle Hollondaise (itself a Picasso painting) displays patches as the main elements in the work: a patch is a repair to save something from being destroyed and in the poet's works is an icon of love or care. VG+.

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