November 1978

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1978
10.5 x 15cm, 1pp. A drawing of a tank in camouflage and in vegetation by John Borg Manduca is overprinted with a jokey "reply card text". The options are:
Thank you for your communication
You will be hearing from us shortly
You are not the only big shot around here
We are getting your range.
Humorous of course, but also a hint at Finlay's combative and defensive view of the world (although the major battles lay ahead in 1980) but by now he had already had a legal battle with Fulcrum Press (which was bankrupted over the issue) and had pulled his work from a Scottish Arts Council show in this same year when he felt insufficiently supported by them. VG+

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1978)
5.1 x 7.7cm, 1pp. A fake Erratum slip for the Arts Council of Great Britain where Finlay suggests in their publication - for "mind" read "void". A rather nasty little dig in revenge for what Finlay regarded as a slight when full ACGB support was not given to him in his various battles. VG+

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Frankfurt: Frankfurter Kunstverein, 1978
21 x 30cm, 2pp announcement leaflet for a group show of works and videos by Beuys, Joan Jonas, Rebecca Horn, Gerald Domenig, Nicole van den Plas, Christian Hanussek, Peter Scheich, Jorg Frank and others. On the reverse there is a graphic by Ben Vautier for a Fluxus Concert with works from Brecht, Paik, Higgins, Beuys,, Knowles, Filliou, Page, Koepcke, Jones, Andersen, Vostell, Young, Shiomi, and others performed by Ben. This example is signed in red felt tipped pen by Beuys with a blue Haupstrom rubber stamp impression over a photograph of an empty gallery space. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1978
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp. A list of the latin names of trees all of which share a U in their names are placed one above the other such that a descending line of the letter can be seen (printed in black to highlight it further). Above the text instructs the reader to "play: cover tall the letters except U, using the index finger of each hand."
The "U"s create the fictional flute representing holes - a clear reference to the classical Pan and his pipes. The rest of the card is printed in lime green - again a symbol of vegetation and nature.
this card has been later signed in green ink on the back "Ian Hamilton Finlay 15.4.83". VG+.

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