December 1991

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1991
10.5 x 7.2cm, 12pp plus wrappers and printed dust jacket. Four "proverbs" by Finlay are illustrated with drawings by Kathleen Lindsley.

"The poor fisherman counts his diamonds" for instance depends on the drawing to explain the diamonds is a metaphor for silver-backed fish.
Very good condition apart from some minor rust on staples. Murrsay has this as 1992 but the book has 1991.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1991
21 x 15cm, 36pp with card covers and printed dust jacket. Image by Gary Hincks. The annual Christmas book publication by Finlay is here a collection illustrated short poems (most two-liners and most rhyming).

COUPLET
Doodlebug, doodlebug, where have you been?
- I've been to London to visit the Queen."
has a drawing of a V1 rocket bomb used during the blitz which was often called a "Doodlebug".

The staples are a little rusty else VG+.

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Edinburgh, Scotland: Morning Star Publications, 1991
18 x 25.5cm printed publisher's envelope content of a 24 x 16.5cm, 4pp (top folding) folded card with a silkscreen image in green and black on beige with the poem:

pool
fall

pool
fall

pool
fall

rill

over an image of green ferns. A concrete poem which is denoted as a "proposal" by the Press and we have placed it in that category.
This is one of 250 signed and numbered copies from the collaborating artist Solveig Hill. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1991
9.9 x 8.2cm, 4pp. A painting which may well be a potato print beloved of young childen shows a blue and red pattern which could be seen as a paper crown worn at a Xmas dinner. Internal to the card Finlay notes:

Shepherds - Bath Towels
Angels - Sheets
and below "(Instructions for a school play)".

The painting therefore can be read as also displaying the bath towels (with patterns) for use to make costumes for a school nativity play. Angels all in white obviously need sheets that do not have patterns. Perhaps Finlay is displaying his identification more with the shepherds (a job after all that he did as a young man).
This example has a hand written note on the back cover "Happy Christmas from Ian" in thick red felt tipped pen and is joint with the origina plain white envelope that also has writing by Finlay; "Edward". Both VG+

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1991
20.0 x 7.3cm, 8pp (single accordion folded sheet). A scythe is evolved over three panels into firstly a lightning strike as a blade to a single S from the nazi SS logo in the third panel. Drawing by Gary Hincks. The forth panel has a long text written by a 17th century Monk Abraham a Sancta Clara who compares death as a reaper, a gardener, a player and thunderbolt which not only strikes down the poor but also the powerful. The alteration in the design of the blade not only reminds one of the origin of the SS symbol and the German fascist interest in Nordic origins but also the aggression and death that they brought to the world. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1991
10.6 x 16cm, 48pp plus card covers with printed dust jacket. Artist's book with four folded over pages that have one text on the outside that reveals the second text when opened.

Neoclassical Thaumaturgy
opens to
The gods fly faster than sound.

A monostich is a one line poem. VG+.

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Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum, 1991
20.5 x 16 x 2.6cm, two part printed cardboard box content of a 17.7 x 12.5cm, 14pp (recto only) leporello booklet which has 14 images of the artist's cut out and cheaply made figures. One of only 500 copies released. Similar to the artist's grotesques where assemblage sculptures were made from household objects, these figures are mostly dancing skeletons in white against a flat black background.
There is a colophon card in black on brown also inserted into the box. VG+. Scarce.

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Glasgow: s.p. (Monk), 1991
3 x 4cm, black on white adhesive label with the text: "ONE OF A THOUSAND ARTWORKS BY JONATHAN MONK" printed on them. This is one of 1,000 such sticky labels produced each as an artwork. A very early object/print multiple by the artist.

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Pittsberg: Carnegie Museum of Art, 1991
21 x 14cm, 40pp. Original card covers. Artist's book listing in alphabetical order all of the participants of the Carnegie International from 1896 to 1991 (Boltanski took part in 1991 and his name is included), VG+
JOINT AS ISSUED:
17.5 x 13cm, original b/w silver gelatine print showing Boltanski's installation in the Carnegie International which is signed on the back.
One of only 100 such books and photographs as a deluxe edition. Both VG++.

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Paris, Jean Daviot et Bernard Marcadé, automne 1991, 35 x 30 cm (opens out to 70 x 60cm), 2pp. A single number of this artist's publications which is dedicated to a single artist - here, obviously, Boltanski who reproduces two pages from the Spanish "detective" magazine "El Caso Criminal".
This is one of 200 signed and numbered examples aside from the larger run of the magazine. Folded as issued else VG+.

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Frankfurt Am Main: Portikus, 1991
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp announcement card for a solo show of installation works. One such work in b/w on the front, verso gallery details. VG+.

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