December 1980

n.p. : Parret Press, 1981
9 x 10.5cm, 28pp plus card covers. One of Finlay's most rare books this is a book of "definitions" where a common word is given (usually a classical) new definition. For example,:

HARE, n. a creature second in swiftness to the tortoise.

One of only 75 copies each of which is signed by Finlay published at Christmas 1981 - this example has sadly had some water damage in the past which can be seen on the outside and inside of the cover and along the inner spine although the texts and inner pages are unaffected.

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Roma: Galleria Santoro, 1980 16 x 11cm, 2pp announcement and invitation card for a Beuys FIU event with a reproduced drawing (Kunst = Kapital") on the front and verso details of the drinks event. One slight mark on front of card else VG+....

Roma: Galleria Santoro, 1980
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp. Announcement card with a design of a FIU print on the front KUNST = KAPITAL. A mailed example with written address - but VG+.

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Koln: Galerie Holtmann, 1980
26 x 21cm, 2pp announcement card for a gallery exhibition with one watercolour reproduced on the cover and internally a b/w reproduction of "Beuys by Warhol". This card is signed in red ink on the front of the card. VG+.


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Paris: Art Press, 1988
21 x 21cm, 80pp plus card covers. one of he first monographs on the range of work by Boltanski 15 full colour full page images of works and a text in French by Didier Semin illustrated in b/w. Bibliography. VG+.

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Konig: Postkartenverlag, n.d. (c. 1980)
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. artist's postcard with the title vitrine/installation from 1969 in colour on the front (with Beuys standing in front of the piano which is covered in roses), verso standard postcard design. This example is signed in red felt tipped pen on the front by Beuys. VG+.

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Konig: Postkartenverlag, n.d. (c. 1980)
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. artist's postcard with the title vitrine/installation from 1966 in colour on the front, verso standard postcard design. This example is signed in red felt tipped pen on the front by Beuys. VG+.

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Dunsyre, Lanark: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1980)
6 x9.2cm, 8pp plus card wrappers and printed dust jacket. The four printed pages has one word each:
5. Baroque
6. Barque
7. Bark
8. Baroque
and there is a reference to W. Lee Rensselaer's Names on Trees on the inner cover. That book is a literary and artistic analysis of the story of Angelica and Medoro in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. One aspect of Angelica's love for Medoro is that she carved the lovers' names on trees. Hence once can read the book as a visual poem of boats (Barque/Bark) and woods (Bark/Baroque) with the reference to baroque also referring to the art style of the 17th century. VG+

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Dunsyre, Lanark: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1980) 13.6 x 8cm, 4pp plus blue wrappers. Artist's book where Finlay has only two different paper types bound together in the wrappers - one is blue and the other is white. There is a reference to Henty Vaughan's "The Timber. Silex Scintillans" on the back fold.
Vaughan was a metaphysical poet of the 17th century and Silex Scintillans published in 1650 was a major religious text which was published in two volumes with a significant gap in time between them (possibly due to illness) . The Two Billows of the title refers to the two volumes and the change in colour of the two pages reflects the differences in the two books. A visual poem with a literary and religious meaning although the boat vignette on the cover may suggest the more literal meaning of two billows - two pushes of air helping the vessel steer a true course. VG+.

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Aisbach: Verlaggaleria Leaman, 1980
31 x 27cm, printed plastic and card folder with metal ring binder. Content of individual contributions and multiples by a wide range of artists (many from the fields of conceptual art, visual poetry and some of the Fluxus- affiliated artists) including Filliou Monnier, SAito, Armleder and others as well as Boltanski.
Boltanski includes two sheets of "composition" images not shown elsewhere - stalk white on black outlines of objects which might be roughly painted or processed photographically (it is not clear which). Palms trees, a woman carrying a basket, fleeing couple, a man cutting wheat. The title Composition Feeriques suggests these are images of a "fairy world" and perhaps one can read a rough narrative into the eight images. Fine in like folder. Scarce. Not mentioned in any catalogue raisonne.

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Harvard: Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1980
2.5 x 2.5cm, white paper square with the text THE EXHIBITION OF PERFECT printed in tiny typeface in the centre. Unlimited multiple but now very hard to find. VG+.

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