April 1979

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1979
29.6 x 21cm, full colour offset lithograph with a painting by Ron Costley. The landscape shows where Ulysses had been - but without any landmarks to clearly identify the location. Hence like Ulysses you are lost.
Moreover the phrase "Ulysses was here" also refers to the wartime graffiti "Kilroy was here" as if Ulysses had left his mark on an unknown island.
Interestingly this was original designed to be a folding card and as a result the address of Little Sparta is printed upside down at the top of the sheet. Some copies of these prints were folded by G+Finlay but this is one of the unfolded VG+ examples.

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Paderborn: IKARUS, 1979
10.5 x 15.2cm, 6pp asymmetric folded card with a b/w portrait of Beuys with a crook on his back and internally a short essay "Ubet Fett, Honig und anderes" by Peter Ernst. The third section is a detachable order form for various books and editions but the card is promoting an exhibition of multiple in the gallery. VG+. This is signed in pencil over the photograph by Beuys

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London: Coracle Press, 1979
21 x 19cm. 40pp plus card covers with tipped on self-portrait. First edition of William's photographs of poets and artists with reminiscences. There are 30 tipped in colour reproductions including William Carlos Williams, Myrna Loy, Herbert Read, Allen Ginsberg, David Hockney, Dorothy Brett as well as Ian Hamilton Finlay. One of 1800 numbered copies. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild HawthonePress, n.d. (1979)
12.5 x 7cm, 1pp, adhesive back ex libris slip. The design has an uncredited drawing of a cemetery island with crypt and the epigram by Finlay: "Superior Gardens are composed of Glooms & Solitudes and not of Plants & Trees." The work might be seen as a momento mori as well as a comment on Finlay's thoughts on how to create a successful and complex garden. Not in Murray.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1978)
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. The painting on the front of a tank pushing through the undergrowth is entitled after Stalin's famous rhetorical question "How many divisions does the Pope have?" - only Finlay asks it of Arcady, the mythical rural utopia. This is one of a long number of momento mori by Finlay - the weapons of death have invaded Arcadia and soon all that my be left are ancient skulls.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1979)
10.8 x 7cm, 1pp, adhesive back ex libris slip. The design has an uncredited drawing of a Spitfire plane moving amongst searchlight. The text being a religious reference. The label was printed for an exhibition in the London V & A. Murray 7.19.

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London: Serpentine Gallery, 1979
15 x 21cm, 32pp plus card covers. Group show in the UK with the participation of Annette Messager, Anne & Ptrick Poiret and others as well as Boltanski. The latter exhibited Japanese Gardens I - V (large colour images created using models and constructed backgrounds). Two images reproduced (one in colour, one in b/w) and a short text in English. Sadly this catalogue has some contemporary notes made by a critic on a number of the pages but the images of the works are not found elsewhere to our knowledge.

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