December 1977

Dusseldorf: Galerie Schmela, n.d. (c. December 1977)
14.8 x 10.6cm, 1pp typographic design announcement card for a group show at the gallery which lists all of the participating artists (including Beuys) in alphabetic order - including Anatol, Arakawa, Arman, Agnes Martin, Mack, Matta-Clark, Rinke, Rot(h), Tapies, Uecker, Wewerka and others. this was the 171st show at the gallery which is how we are able to date the card.

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Berlin: Edition Hundertmark, n.d. (1977)
10.3 x 15cm, 2pp. Artist designed card issued by Hundertmark with printed rubber stamp impressions by Beuys (Fluxus Zone East) and Ken Friedman (Fluxus Zone West). Beuys has written a hand signed dedication in red ink over the front of the card to (what we think is) Klaus-Gunther Schulz. The blue colour of the printing of the Fluxus Zone stamp impression is much lighter than other examples of this card we have seen - suggesting this was an additional printing of the work. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1977
22.9 x 28.8cm, blue on white paper in folded 6pp blue folder. Nine warships all of the Flower Class corvette class. The names of the ships were all after flowerrs. The print asks the owner to "fill in the Flowers with colours from the palette below" - the 'colours' are all words such as "fragrant", "open", "erect", "drooping" obviously not actual colours. The idea came from a work from Tom and Laurie Clark of the Moschatel Press (who were friends of Finlay).
This is one of 350 signed and numbered copies on the inside of the folder. Two slight faint marks at bottom of the print else VG in like folder.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, Summer 1973
Two 33 x 20.4cm, 2pp offset lithographic price list (now called a checklist) for the Press stapled top left. Mentions a long list of old and new publications from the Press with prices. Folded at the bottom for past storage else VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1977
6.6 x 21cm, 2pp. A photographic card with a b/w image of a lily pond and the surface pond scum which has been disturbed by the passage of a swimming bird to leave lines in the algae. Amusingly Finlay credits this painterly image to himself, Carl Heideken (the photographer) and an "unidentified waterhen". The image is meant to appear like an improvised painting or even an avant garde music score (if one squints a bit and uses one's imagination) hence the title. VG+.

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N.p. (Paris): Hazan, 1977 21 x 15cm, 48pp plus card covers. An early monograph on Finlay from a fellow poet - here with many works illustrated in b/w photographs and reproduced drawings and poems. This was the first book in French to be dedicated to Finaly's oeuvre and Edeline is one of the first to try to tease out the various themes in Finlay's work. The subtitlEs which means Gnomics and Gnomonics refers to obscure meanings and sundials. VG+.
INSERTED:
21 x 15cm, 4pp German textual supplement to the book.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1977
16 x 30cm, 1pp black on yellow paper with a design for jam pot covers (the printed paper placed on the outside of jam lids). The design here is of two sundials. The text in latin means Light is the shadow of god. Limitation unknown - this is one of two different designs - the other being on white paper. Murray has this as 7.9 and seems to not know there were two variants.

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