August 1979

n.p.: n.p., n.d.
5.5 x 9cm, 1pp black text on pink rectangle. Paper ephemera with the text "DR DR DR DR DR BYARS" in the centre of the sheet. One of the artist's minimalist and rather small ephemeral works. VG+. Scarce.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1979)
15 x 21cm, 12pp plus printed wrappers. Illustrated by Margot Sandeman, the names of 19 fishing boats (eg Odysseus, Traveller, Illustrious and others found in the Olsen's Fisherman's Nautical Almanack) are combined by Finlay to give a visual poem of the trials and journeys of Odysseus printed black over Sandeman's light brown line drawings of nature, animals, vegetation and fish. The tale ends: "188, 190. Viking Warrior Supreme." VG+.

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Portsmouth: Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery, 1979
16.3 x 25cm, 14pp plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue for a show of new acquisitions for the museum - notable for the cover which displays a scarce Ian Hamilton Finlay print recently purchased for the institution. The notes also show that they purchase an unique glass etched work FOUR SAILS (ROSY FOR BLACK) from 1976. VG.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1979)
5.5 x 13.5cm, 1pp blue on white card. The words Snow and Bark are both given definitions with on the left hand side the order being Snow then Bark. That combination of the words and definitions together conjure up an image of a white boat (possibly in snowy weather). On the right when reversed (so that the words read Bark then Snow) then the image is of a different ship - a wooden boat.
Both snow and bark can be names of types of boats.
A typical Finlay word picture - a poem created by combinations of double meanings. VG+.

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DUnsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1979)
15.8 x 3.6 cm, 1pp green on white card/bookmark. The text is a list of words associated with a tree including mythical beings such as a Dryad, insults to the trunk - carved "initials", and ways of considering the tree as a person - heart. The long column of words of course also reflecting the shape of the tall tree. Arguably an object multiple as much as a postcard but we have decided to retain it in the artist's card section. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1979)
19.8x 16.6cm, 16pp plus card covers and printed dustjacket. Finlay's artist book examines six variations of the nazi SS logo - taking the original FF found in literature and noting how the letters were commonly substituted for SS in 17th century texts and, through typography developing the type into the double lightning strike of the notorious fascist organisation. Hence Finlay suggests there is some poetic equivalence between the evil of the Nazis and the "wildness" of nature - which Finlay makes clear in a note at the end of the book. (And anyone wishing to slur Finlay as being pro-fascist should read his description here of the SS as "notorious". Typography by George L.Thomson. VG+. Scarce.

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