April 1994

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
5cm, dia. printed plastic with metal safety pin clasp. A lapel badge with the title text on it in white on red (the colour of blood). Issued in the year of the European elections the slogan alludes to Saint-Just's "Fewer laws, more examples" but here the over emphasis on "too many" rather and "fewer" refelcts Finlay's own experiences with Scottish local governmental restrictions. Limitation not known. VG+>

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Essen: Werner J. Hannappel, 1994
17.8 x 24cm, b/w high gloss photograph of Finlay sitting in his conservatory. Taken for an exhibition in Hamburg - Works: Pure and Political, 1995. Probably a print sent to newspapers for use in publicity. Several labels on back for photographer and exhibition venue.

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Edinburgh: Morning Star Press, 1994 21 x 15cm, gatefold outer orange folder content of a 18 x 12cm, 10pp (single folded sheet) with page contributions by Finlay, Gael Turnbull, Tessa Ransford, George MacKay Brown, Ian Stephen, Edwin Morgan, Peter Larkin, Richard Price, Peter Dent and a cover illustrated by Margot Sandeman with text by Bridget Penney. The shipping forecast is a nightly and morning broadcast on the BBC which tells the weather for shipping in the various seas around Great Britain but it has iconic status as many peopel who are not fishermen listen to it because the names of the various weather stations are somewhat poetic in themselves. Finaly here contributes a short work:<BR?
LATE NIGHT SHIPPING FORECAST

A shoal
of names
in nets
of rain

Where the weather station names are compared to a fishing catch held together by a net of rain.
The Morning Star Press was the publishing house of Alex Finlay son of Ian. One of 100 hand numbereed copies. Scarce. VG+. ...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
15.3 x 14cm, 4pp card which has internally a poem for SImon Cutts

DANGER
CORACLE
DOCKING

Cutts' publishing house was called Coracle (the name of a small one-person wood, canvas and pitch boat that is notoriously hard to steer and dock) and the back of the card notes "For Mr S. Cutts in acknowledgement of his recognitions". VG+.

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London: Victoria Miro Gallery, n.d. (1994)
14 x 12.2cm, 4pp announcement card with a drawing of a boat on the front (by Gary Hincks?). Pia SImig is credited as a collaborator in this card - it is not clear what the work entailed. VG+. ...