December 1987

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
20.9 x 29.6cm, red and black offset lithograph on paper. A typographic print with the title text reminding of how women supposedly knitted while watching the executions on the guillotine. Apocryphally they would drop a stitch as each head fell into the basket. Finlay uses this statement to have a go at Catherine Millet for her attacks on him in the Art Press, Paris - comparing her to the ghouls beside the scaffold. VG example.
There was a companion print to this one with the text in English issued at the same time - see our previous listing here.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
20.9 x 29.6cm, red and black offset lithograph on paper. A typographic print with the title text reminding of how women supposedly knitted while watching the executions on the guillotine. Apocryphally they would drop a stitch as each head fell into the basket. Finlay uses this statement to have a go at Catherine Millet for her attacks on him in the Art Press, Paris - comparing her to the ghouls beside the scaffold. VG example.
There was a companion print to this one with the text in French issued at the same time - see our next listing here.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
8.8 x 7.8 x 1cm, printed red box content of eleven small folding cards (sizes vary) - each with a concrete poem, a monostich or other poetry form. The text come from the book of the same name. This was the annual Christmas present from Finlay and was issued in only 200 examples. Slight wear and creases to the slightly fragile box else VG+. Scarce.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
10.7 x 8.2cm, 4pp. Artist's Xmas card wishing them aa "Happy Christmas", a "Happy February Battle" and a "Happy March 15" - the last two being dates of the battles of Little Sparta. This example has a handwritten note from Sue Finlay - "Very sorry I ddid not manage to sent this off to you sooner. Many thanks for your cheque. best wishes Sue." VG+.
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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
12.1 x 13.2cm, 1pp. Artist's card where Finlay uses a quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Nature is the devil in a fancy waistcoat" to create a new aphorism "Nature is a storm trooper in a camouflage smock". Finlay's fascination with warfare in Arcadia is to the fore here again - and the Romantic view of nature of wild and dangerous is reinforced by the idea of the fast moving and effective German soldiers typifying that aggression. VG+.
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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
20 x 10cm, 2pp. Artist's card printed black on green with a one line poem with the letters printed vertically. The poem is "treeleavedwithmists". The mist being the confusion of the letters, the tree the vertical line of text. VG+.
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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
29.6 x 21cm, green on light brown offset lithograph with a text in which Finlay delights in pointing out mistakes and the absurd statements made by Wim Meulenkamp and Gwyn Headley in the Book "Folies, A National Trust Guide". The book had included Little Sparta in its listings - something which offended Finlay to his roots.
This was just one of his acts of revenge against the authors that emerged in many texts and works of art. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
29.6 x 21cm, green on light brown offset lithograph with a lengthy text with two conflicting etymologies of the word Folly. The first from a National Trust book on Follies which had attracted Finlay's ire for including Little Sparta as a folly has a negative connotations. The second is from the French "folie" - meaning delight or favourite abode which clearly Finlay prefers. VG+>

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
7.5 x 7.5cm, 4pp artist's card with a drawing of an arrow wrapping around the card and overprinted with a poem:

MEMORY
Arrow
which never
forgets

Time moves only in one direction like an arrow but one might also suggest a wound or mark from an arrow is somewhat irreversible. VG+.

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Zurich: Parkett, 1987
25.5 x 21cm, 132pp plus pages and pages of adverts. Original card covers. A single number of this important artist's journal which has a lengthy artist on Finlay by Bernard Marcade in both German and English. Many b/w illustrations of works. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
6.9 x 16.4cm, 1pp artist's card with a drawing of a musket with bayonet from the French revolutionary wars. A socle is a plinth that is underneath a block, a column, urn, or a statue. The bayonet is supported by the gun in the same way and the stock is thus in some sense a socle. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
29.7 × 21m, red on white offset lithograph. The print has four statements on it - dogmatically - DELEGATION WITH RESPONSE EQUALS DEMONSTRATION/WHEN WORDS HAVE FAILED THERE IS A STATE OF WAR/EVENTS ARE A DISCOURSE /FIGHT THE INTELLECTUAL TERRORISTS CANCEL PICABIA NOW!". Part of Finlay's continuing campaign against Strathclyde Region over a Rates dispute.

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