December 1994

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
12.5 x 13cm, 48pp plus flower pattern boards and tipped on book title label. Artist's book with ten woodcuts by Gary Hincks of flowers opposite epigrams by Finlay such as

4. A wild flower is a garden flower permeated by morality and poetry."

One of only 250 such books prints as Christmas gifts. VG+

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Little: Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, Xmas 1994
6.7 x 13cm, 4pp card with 6.7 x 13cm, 1pp insert.
The card is a typical evolving visual poem by Finlay:

the October-coloured sails of old Thames barges
the water-filled footprints of old Thames barges
the cold Christmas stables of old Thames barges
the Georgian pastorals of old Thames barges

The fourth line is printed in festive red.
The insert explains the imagery: the October-coloured sails are caused by the linseed oil on the sails hinting at Autumn colours, the water-filled footprints comes from a quote from a book on old barges where abandoned boats are left in mud in creeks to rot, the festive line recalls the "long, low holds with their tie beams and ceilings" which Finlay clearly sees as a suitable site for a manger, and the Georgian pastorals reflects the hay and straw that many of the boats carried - turning them into miniature moving countrysides.
This example is signed " Happy Christmas from Ian" in pencil on the back and also has the original envlope which is addressed in pencil (again by Finlay) to Edward and Jan. VG+.

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Berlin: Kewenig, 1994
49 x 34.5cm, 8pp. Exhibition catalogue in the form of a tabloid newspaper. Five full sheet (one double) appropriated portrait images by the artist and a text in German and English by Jiri Svestka. Folded into sixths as issued and with original printed mailing band. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
13.0 x 15.4cm, 4pp. A tipped on colour photograph by Antonia Reeve of a Finlay wall sculpture by John Andrew. The marble inscription reads: "For the first time men earnestly relied upon heaven chronology became historical and astronomical at the same time." a quote by Michelet and an explanatory note by Finlay noting how the Republican calendar "ended" time. VG+.

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Richmond: Worthington Miro Archive, 1994
21 x 15cm, 54pp plus card wrappers,. A listing of the Ian Hamilton Finlay archive at the Worthington Miro Archive. Greville Worthington replaced Graeme Murray as Finlay's main dealer in 1994. This copy was Worthington's own "master packing List" with exactly that written in ink on the cover else VG+.

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Aachen: Artefact, 1994
30 x 21cm, 16pp (self cover). A single number of the magazine of Ludwig Museum (17 November 1994) which has a one page article on Boltanski inside and the cover given over to one of the appropriated images from the post-War DIESE KINDER SUCHEN IHRE ELTERN poster. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
14.5 x 9.3m, 1pp. The card reproduced a vintage photograph of a small three sailed boat and crew - CH.8619 - and the text "Cours apres moi que je t'attrape" - "run after me, I will catch you" which Finlay translates into the bare word "FLIRT". VG+.

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Richmond: Saint Paulinius, 1994
21 x 15cm, 56pp. Original wrappers with printed semi-transparent dustjacket. A publisher's/dealer's catalogue listing a large number of works and books, etc by Finlay available with prices. Greville Worthington was Finlay's dealer after Graeme Murray eventually being replaced by the Ingleby Gallery of Edinburgh. A useful reference which uses the same numbering system as the Wild Hawthorn Press does on-line - which is an improvement from Murray. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
17.5 x 12.7m, 2pp. The card reproduces a photograph by David Paterson in b//w of old rhubarb leaves overgrowing part of the Little Sparta garden. The title of the card makes a joke of the image , the Italian translated to "rhubarb ruins". VG+.

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Edinburgh: Chapman Publishing, 1994
21.4 x 14.6cm, 208pp plus card covers. A single issue of the literary magazine entirely dedicated to Finlay with essays by Ivor Cutler (!), Ian Steven, Gael Turnbull (written in the 60s), Francis Edeline and others. VG+.

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