October 1985

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1985
42 x 29.5cm, red on white satin paper offset lithograph with a text in French after Saint-Just and his comrade in arms Lebas who had been sent to Stranbourg in 1794 by Robesprierre to end local disputes in the city that had come to violence. This was part of a general move on the Committe for Public Safety to rein in the actions of the many Representatives on Mission who had overstepped their perceived powers and gain central control of the country. The proclamation (on 25 Brumaire, 1794) tells citizens of Strasbourg to stop acting like Germans as their hearts are French. By accounts Saint-Just and Labas took the side of the city merchants over that of agitators from outside (presumably regarded as more "German") and capturing the latter's leader Euloge Schneider sent him back to Paris to meet the guillotine (again: as they had publicly displayed him tied up in front of a the local version for a day) but now for the last time .Brumaire was the second month of the revolutionary calendar and its symbol was fog. Ultimately the Coup of 18 Brumaire brought General Napoleon Bonaparte to power as First Consul of France and in the view of most historians ended the French Revolution.
There were two colour variants of this print - this is the blue one, the red is also in this collection.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1985
42 x 29.5cm, red on white satin paper offset lithograph with a text in French after Saint-Just and his comrade in arms Lebas who had been sent to Stranbourg in 1794 by Robesprierre to end local disputes in the city that had come to violence. This was part of a general move on the Committe for Public Safety to rein in the actions of the many Representatives on Mission who had overstepped their perceived powers and gain central control of the country. The proclamation (on 25 Brumaire, 1794) tells citizens of Strasbourg to stop acting like Germans as their hearts are French. By accounts Saint-Just and Labas took the side of the city merchants over that of agitators from outside (presumably regarded as more "German") and capturing the latter's leader Euloge Schneider sent him back to Paris to meet the guillotine (again: as they had publicly displayed him tied up in front of a the local version for a day) but now for the last time .Brumaire was the second month of the revolutionary calendar and its symbol was fog. Ultimately the Coup of 18 Brumaire brought General Napoleon Bonaparte to power as First Consul of France and in the view of most historians ended the French Revolution.
There were two colour variants of this print - this is the red one, the blue is also in this collection.

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UNIQUE LETTER ON INDIAN PAPER 21 x 18cm. Unique hand drawn letter - red ink on a gold and red piece of Indian parchment, The text in Byars’ starry hand is hard to read but seems to be Lols - which is possible as the earliest use of that acronym was in the 1980s rather than later. Fine although slight scratches on the printed gold area....

NYC: Massimo Audiello Gallery, n.d. (1985)
11.8 x 15.8cm, 1pp announcement card with a typographic design to promote an exhibition featuring the Capri-Batterie multiple where Beuys put a lemon coloured lightbulb to be lit by the electricity from a lemon it is plugged into. VG+.
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London: Anthony d'Offay , 1985
21 x 15cm, 4pp announcement card for the title sculpture. One image of Beuys in Ireland at the Giant's Causeway on the front and gallery details internally. VG+.

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London: Anthony d'Offay , 1985
20 x 21cm, 1pp announcement card for teh title sculpture. One image of Beuys in Ireland at the Giant's Causeway and text in English explaining the original of the work. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1985
5.1 x 7.2 cm, 8pp concertina card printed red on white and on both sides of the card. On both sides is the same line: "WINDMILLS WINDING WATERS" one word per section, clearly one is to read the lines as having two different meanings.
The first is a description of the landscape the windmill is set in, the second is the wind caused by the rotating (winding) sails. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
5.8 x 20.5cm, 1pp Artist's card with a drawing of a machine gun which has air holes in the long barrel. A quote from Finlay's More detached sentences (on gardening) is reprinted along with the announcement on the right that "Owing to the practical necessities of Little Sparta's War with Strathclyde Region, the Garden and Garden Temple are presently closed to the public." And then in red for emphasis: "The provisional government of Little Sparta is revolutionary until the peace." Spring 1985.
This card was hand addressed by Finlay and sent to Harry Warschauer. The date on the card is 1985 but both Murray and Wild Hawthorn Press listings show it as 1986. But we have placed it in order of the date on the card. VG+.

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