February 1975

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. The two sides of this card mostly reflect the design of each other - on one the standard stamp/postcard design (with a vertical line) and on the other a mirror image of the design in blue but where the square is denoted as "stamp" it instead says "sail" and the vertical line has become a horizontal sea horizon. Hence the blue side becomes an abstract seascape with a boat. VG+.
JOINT WITH: Original hand addressed card envelope to Seamus Coney who edited some of Finlay's artist books that were published in the USA>

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1975)
13 x 13cm., green on white ceramic tile. The image is a drawing by Michael Harvey and a verse:"When from the Nor' Nor' West it blows/And sudden showers make waters chilly/I wrap my sails about my nose and anchor by the water-lily." The verse came from a collection of such poems called A MAST OF HANKIES - each of which tells a tale of toy boats. The reference to the sail being wrapped around one's nose is from the idea that the sails of the model boats are created from nose hankies. Finlay for many years built such toys. VG+. Very scarce....

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp. The front of the card with a drawing by John Andrew of stored planes with partially raised wings to allow more to be stored together (probably in the guts of an aircraft carried) is compared with birds in the nest and the lulling of a lullaby. This image is also found as a print and on various other Finlay works - and is discussed elsewhere on this site. VG+.
JOINT WITH:
Stanard white mailing envelope with printed Wild Hawthorn Press address on it. Unmailed.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975
15 x 10.5cm, 1pp. A photograph of a model of a Nazi fighter plane (which appears to be a Messerschmitt ME 163 Komet) which has had the underside of the fuselage artificially coloured red in the image. The German title means robin (the red breasted small bird). The Messerschmitt was the only rocket powered fighter plane and very very fast. It turned out not to be that reliable an interceptor so it was rarely encountered - a little like the bird that is seasonal althougn we do not think that co-incidence was in Finlay's thinking when making this card. VG+.

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Geneva: Edition Adelina Cuberyan, 1975
22.5 x 13cm, 22pp plus card covers. Artist's book released at the same time as an exhibition by Boltanski in the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva.
The book is another produced during a period where Boltanski performed in public dressed slightly formally in suit and hat (bit looking vaguely dishevelled) with a ventriloquist's dummy of a young child which was meant to represent the young artist (with wild hair). The performances were comic re-inactions of parental (and grand- parental) activities from the earliest days - but, of course, only remembered through the eyes of a child - so the events are sometimes extreme - punishment, birthday gifts - or routine (the artist's mother cleaning the house).
In VG+ condition. Scarce.

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NYC: John Gibson, 1975
15 x 10.5cm, 10pp - single accordion folded sheet. Promotional and announcement card for an exhibition of additions to the "largest collection of Beuys' multiple objects, prints, posters, books and catalogues". Additional to the exhibition the card promotes the Iphigenie-Set - a portfolio of 8 offset prints in a small edition of only 7 examples. All eight prints are reproduced in b/w on the card. VG+.

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