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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