March 1982

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1982
24x 18cm, folded card with two tipped on images - the first a painting by Ian Gardner of The Temple of Fame, Studley Royal - a wooden "temple" built for William Aislabie in 1770 amongst woodlands and a extract in appears to be a facsimile of dictionary definitions but in fact gathered from various sources by Finlay for the words Dove, East, Fame, Gnomon and Horizon. VG.

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London: Anthony d'Offay, 1982
21 x 15cm, 2pp announcement card which has a b/w image of Beuys' Fat Chair on teh front. The Fat Chair was an extension of the earlier Fat Corner works but Beuys saw the chair as symbolic of the human body - hence the organisation of the cold fat into a wedge was reflective of human intervention not that of hard physicality as in the earlier works. Verso gallery details. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, (1982)
13 x 25.2cm, 8pp plus card wrappers and printed white dust jacket.
Artist's book with two drawings of the Japanese planes trying to return to their aircraft carrier which is on fire as a result most had to crash into the seas and the pilots drown. The quotation is "The last honey by the water that no hive can find." from Austin Clarke's The Cattledrive in Connaught" 1925. The Clarke quotation has its flaws - it is the bee that seeks the pollen not the hive so the line is rather reversed but Finlay ignores that (as he does in other publications such as the Black Sparrow Press, publication also of 1982 called "Honey by the water." VG+.

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Munster: Westfalischer Kunstverein 1982 24 x 24cm, unpaginated (c. 80pp) plus card covers. Black paper printed gold. Exhibition catalogue/artist’s book with 46 tipped on colour images of works. Text in English by Byars. Fine....

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, (1982)
9.9 x 11.1cm, 28pp plus card wrappers and printed white dust jacket.
Artist's book with three sections - the first shows a unit (a dot), a line (two dots) and a plane (three dots). The second is Unit, line panzer (altering the dots into representing military units) and then, finally, unit, line, plane (the last page has two crosses and a dot instead of three dots. The simplest of changes creates significant differences in meaning. VG+

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Middelburg: De Vleeshal, 1982
10.5 x 15 cm card cover content of an 8pp accordion folded card which opens out to 10.5 x 60cm and displays a toy ship sailing during a cardboard cut-out heavy storm.
The images are taken from a Boltanski shadow play installation. The first edition of this delightful artist's book which was issued in a limited edition of only 250 copies of which only c.150 reached the market (personal research after meeting the publisher). Fine.
Ref: Flay Boltanski Catalogue Page 152.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
Two folding cards.
The first card is
ARBOR FELICE ARBOR PHILHELLENE
9.3 x 11.7cm, 1pp green on white. A four sided stand up to create a geometric form of tree trunk with the text "ARBOR FELICE ARBOR PHILHELLENE". One translation is "The tree "suckles you" you lover of Greeks" (our flawed translation) but there are other alternatives it seems. VG+
The second card is
THE BIRCH TREE RECALLS YOU O PHILHELLENES
11.6 x 14cm, 1pp green on white. A four sided stand up to create a geometric form of tree trunk with the title text. Again praise for those who praise the Greeks. Birch trees only just grow on the northern borders of Greece and also in colder, higher areas.
These two card sculptures are paired - and there are large scale tree plaques by Finlay that also bear the inscriptions and are expected to be exhibited/installed together. VG+.

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