December 1983

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
11 x 15cm , 1pp black on cream card. The text tells of a "Football Match" between Little Sparta and Strathclyde Region at the Middle Gate ("Checkpoint Sandy") and listing the respective captains as Sue Finlay and Councillor "own goal" Sanderson. The ball persons: Councillor Allison, Councillor Lawson, J.N. Young, W. Taylor and Referee: "Tim" Mason of the Scottish Arts Council. "The game will be kicked off by Dame Judith Hart."
The design of the card is somewhat basic - and this is noted as because it was "produced in conformity with Little Spartan Wartime Economy Standards".
This card has a handwritten greeting in blue ink by Finlay and dated. VG+.

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Bonn: Galerie Klein, 1983 10.4 x 14.8cm, 2pp announcement card for the edition of rose wine released as part of the Difesa della natura campaign by Beuys and the exhibition in the gallery. B/w image of the wine and box on the front which has been signed in red felt tipped pen and stamped twice by Beuys with FIU impressions in red and blue....

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1983)
21 x 15cm, 1pp printed red on cream paper. The announcement leaflet for the first of two limited edition medals issued by Finlay as a commemoration of the Little Sparta wars - this medal is the First Battle of Little Sparta with an image of a machine gun where the air holes on the barrel are compared with the holes on an arcadian flute. Central vertical crease else VG. Scarce ephemera from the period when Finlay took on the might of Strathclyde Region over local property taxes and sort of won.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
22.5 x 9.5cm, 4pp, black on grey thin card with a drawing by Alexander Stoddart of a bust of Saint-Just with the name of the revolutionary altered to read "Satin Juts" - an anagram of the name. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
17.8 x 132.8cm, 1pp. The card has a descending text based on a form of "all X lie":

all governments lie
all generals lie
all Grecians lie
all gypsies lie
all gymnosphists lie
all grocers lie
all Graces lie

Finlay wants the repeated phrases to hint at the effect of cynicism on order - obviously some of the lines are ridiculous - and that, in some sense, that distrust of oppositional forces (such as the Hebertists who were determined to wipe out Christianity during the French revolution and the Dantonists who were more willing to accept the church as a force in the land - both were executed in turn by Robespierre who himself was not anti-clerical or at least not anti-theist) is ultimately corrupt. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
14.2 x 15cm, red on white folding offset lithograph. There are 16 panels ten of each with a three word poem - for example

beast
brute

or

lute
lyre
luger

The trios of words are all alliterative within a panel beginning with the same letter. They all also end with a weapon or a reference to fascism. The "chant" is encouraged to be repeated when one gets to the end.
The "Region" here is Strathclyde Region and this is another of Finlay's acidic attacks on their bureaucracy.VG+ condition.
This is categorised as a print by both Murray and the Wild Hawthorn Press but it really is a folding card but for ease we have left it here in the prints section of this online collection.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d.(1983?)
8.4 x 7cm, 8pp single folding card printed on one side only in blue and red on white. The first panel lists the publishing details, the second shows the ship that has reef knots that look like the decorations on the side of the drums of the revolutionary army - the boat is called The Littel Drummer Boy and the panel remembers Bara the martyr, the third panel has the name Viala with a tricolour ribbon - here memorialising the death of the young martyr Joseph Agricol Viala who tried to demolish a bridge while under attack and died calling for Liberty and finally, the text "Hommage A David" who was a third martyr to the Terrorists murdered in his bath. A card in honour of three Republican deaths.
This example is signed "To Janet (Boulton) yours Gary (Hincks)" in blue and red crayon. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
18 x 13.6cm, 1pp. The "play" consists of extracts from letters sent to Finlay from Strathclyde Region and the Scottish Arts Council interspersed with quotations from Gertrude Stein. Stein's texts (due to Finlay's clever selection) mock the official texts that proceed each. An ironic and somewhat biting attack on Finlay's enemies which is at the same time comic. VG+

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