September 1975

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975
34.1 × 22.8cm, 4pp printed outer folder (black on cream) with the title text and inside a single sheet of green wove paper with the words ANTIQUE WOVE printed at the bottom.
This was one of the first of such works where the paper choice added within a folder is a comment on the subject matter. The choice of green antique wove paper is a reference to the verdant countryside of the Watteau painting, the fact it is a classical "antique" theme.
This innovation of creating a poem using the very materials employed in the printing is to the best of our knowledge a Finlay invention and, as we say, used in similar such works by the poet in later years.
Very slight grubbiness to outer folder else VG.

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Dunsyre, Lanark: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975
14.7 x 10.5cm, printed outer folder in orange with nine 14.5 x 10cm, 1pp postcards inside. Each card has a photograph by Dave Paterson of Finlay's toy boats in water, reeds and other outdoor situations. Below each photograph is a poem by Finlay in a rhyming scheme which tell the tales of the adventures of the boats and their owner as well as copious remarks on their structures including the ubiquitous handkerchief sails. Is this an artist's book or a collection of artist's postcard - debatable but we have kept it with the books because of the linked stories. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975.
20 x 15.2cm, 2pp. A photograph of a garden sculpture depicting the world's first ever nuclear submarine - USS Nautilus. The work is in concrete and an abstracted shape of the hull and towers. Photo by Michael McQueen, the sculpture who worked to Finlay's instruction was John Andrew. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1975) 7.5 x 15.2cm, red on white ceramic tile with a profile drawing of the Japanese battleship of the Yamato class (the largest in their navy) which was suck by American forces during the battle of Okinawa on April 7, 1945Above the title text "IJN DJINN YAMATO". This is perhaps the hardest of Finlay's tiles to find. VG+. ...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1975) 10.7 x 10.7cm, black and olive green on white ceramic tile with a diagram of a sundial in the middle and the text: " THE FOUR SEASONS AS FORE-AND-AFTERS." around the outside with four names of boats "the Samuel Moss", "the Kathleen and May", "the Minnie Flossie" and "the William Ashburner" on each side - each pertaining to one of the four seasons. One of only 100 made. Very scarce object multiple....