March 1989

Rome: Cleto Polcina, 1989 26 x 24 cm folder which opens out to cross and gold inside cover. Inside, a red wrapper contains six loose folded sheets, varying from of four to eight pages, showing various works, a biography and a text 'Gold is only the beginning of art: the art of painting' by Achille Bonito Oliva. Fine....

Florence: Germain, 1989 21 x 14.5 cm, 4pp. Self-covers. Artist's book - with a pome by Herbert and the book is the first time Byars created a parody of (or hommage to) the format and typographic style of the Nouvelle Revue Francaise Editions Gallimard. This was later to incur the wrath of the publishing house.One of 1,000 issued. Fine. Now scarce. ...

London: Coracle, 1989
12 x 17.5cm, 60pp plus pictorial boards. A festschrift for Jonathan Williams's 60th birthday. More than three dozen contributors include: Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gael Turnbull, Glen Baxter, R.B. Kitaj, Thomas A. Clark, Richard Caddel, Roy Fisher, Charles Tomlinson, Basil Bunting, Eric Mottram, and Sandra Fisher.
Finlay's contribution is a single page:

Aram Saroyan pays Homage
to Jonathan Williams
on his 60th Birthday.


Aram Saroyan was known for his minimalist works and Finlay here parodies the style in honour of his friend Williams. VG+.


Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1989
11.4 x 8.9cm, 4pp. Artist's card with a drawing of an abstracted moorland/estuary (very similar to the colourful images used in From 35 One Line Poem postcards published earlier by Finlay - and the text "Birds fly, Waterfoul Ply" - one having the air above the water, the other the water and the moorland but the latter being compared to boats "plying" their trade. Strictly speaking ply means to move regularly over an area or to work steadily - something both boats and land birds tend to do. VG+.


Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1989
21 x 15cm, 30pp with card covers and printed dust jacket. Ten drawings by Laurie Clark based on the ten names of the first decade (week) in the revolutionary calendar. The English translation of the names of the days of the first decade of the month of Thermidor is beneath each French name and the associated drawing. Thermidor was the month when Robespierre and Saint-Just and their colleagues in the Committee of Public Safety were guillotined effectively ending the period of The Terror.
Finlay suggests in an explanatory note at the back fo the book that those ten days become a "kind of via crucis - a Stations of the Jacobin Cross". VG+.