December 1985

Little Sparta: Finlay, 1985
Standard C5 white postal envelope to Christopher Barker - the franking cannot be read but probably December 1985. Notable for the red rubber stamp impression added by Finlay to the front: "STRATHCLYDE REGION HAS ABOLISHED LANGUAGE - ABOLISH STRATHCLYDE REGION". Return address stamping on back. A little roughly opened and slightly grubby. .

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30 x 21cm, hand typed letter on printed letterhead paper.
A letter sent by Finlay to Christopher Barker containing two original "1 one-line poems". These were sent to be included in an anthology of poetry and photographs edited by the latter.
The first is thus:

Classical Warfare
The capital fell to an enemy column

which is a wonderful joke based on the parts of Greek columns as well as a cold statement about defeat in war.
The second is:

CLassical biography
No man is a hero to his valley.

Both are from "Monostichs de la Guerre de Petite-Sparta" a publication we have not yet seen under that title (which references the Littlle Spara Wars).
The letter is signed in black in at the bottom by Finlay in full.
The stationery as ever with Finlay is amusing in itself - the text under the address reads "Neo-classical Flutings, Columns & Small Arms,/Groves & Emplacements, Sacred & Profane" in red. At the bottom there is a quote from Tibullus about the efforts of bees.
An important and document with perhaps unique content.

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30 x 21cm, hand typed letter on printed letterhead paper.
A letter sent by Finlay to Christopher Barker dated 17.12.85
The letter notes the enclosure of a contribution from Finlay to an anthology - the actual enclosure is to be found here in this section. This letter notes that an alternative offering might be made if Barker asks but Finlay would prefer those. Finlay clearly knows Barker as he note the enclosure also of a "very small Christmas Box, of a neoclassical nature, for your Mother."
The letter is signed in full in black ink with a PS "that underlined words in the manuscript are to be italicised".
The same stationery design as used in the contribution is here but printed in green.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1985
9.4 x 20.4cm, 4pp card with two poems - one by Luois Zukofsky which was printed in POTH 6:
The
desire
of
towing
Conjoined with Finlay's
The
attire
of
snowing

The first refers to a barge being pulled along and the forces creating a desire to be somewhere else, the latter is a description of snow covering everything after a fall.
This example has a hand written Christmas greeting from Finlay on the left side of the inner card. VG+.

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N.p,: n.p., n.d. (1985?)
15 x 10.5cm, 1pp b/w postcard displaying a colour photograph of Beuys' Fat Chair - over the image the artist has signed the card "Joseph Beuys" in green ink. On the reverse there is an attached label with biographical details of Beuys. it is not clear the origin of this card. VG+.

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