July 1994

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
11 x 14.2cm, 1pp card. A drawing of a lemon by Michael Harvey using architectural methods - as if on a blue print giving plans and body plans. Finlay often uses fruit to represent boats and the various parts of the fruit here are labelled as "aft" or fore". VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1994) 63 x 51 cm, blue on white offset lithograph displaying a boat in blue. The drawing by Gary Hincks and after a detail from a painting by WIlliam Gillies.
Yet another example of Finlay's intense interest in maritime affairs and the title reflects other works where the poet compares boats to lemons - even blue lemons.
As I write these words I can walk outside my back garden and see William Gillies's former house in Temple, Midlothian.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
13.1 x 10cm, 8pp (concertina folded sheet). Three variants the first being Guillaume Apollinaire's calligramme in the shape of a crown and then two variants by Finlay and Stephen Bann. Finlay's when deconstructed reads "The carp enters who die one by one live on in the hearts of the Jacobins". VG+.

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Zurich: Museum der Stadentwasserung Zurich, 1994
24 x 17cm, outer printed folder content of 282pp (all unbound sheets - most 2pp but plates are 1pp). A group exhibition which was themed around the fact that the Cloaca Maxima was one of the world's earliest sewage systems. Each artist contributed a work to the exhibition and Boltanski displayed the Objets Trouves dans Les Egouts de Zurich (Objects Found in The Sewers of Zurich) and 31 objects are reproduced in b/w on the sheets here.
Other artists included in the show were Fischli/Weiss, Paul-Armand Gette, Gilbert & George. Hans Haacke, Carsten Holler, Ilya Kabakov, Allan Kaprow, Otto Muhl, Gerhard Richter, Andreas Slominiski, Nancy Spero amongst others. Texts in German, French and English. VG+ sheets in slightly worn folder....

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
9.4 x 12.6cm, 2pp card with on the front the text "A world cup without Scotland is like a pastoral without sheep." The world cup in 1994 was the first to take place for many years without Scotland (1990 being the last time they actually qualified at time of writing). Finlay's remarks are patriotic in a soccer sense. This example was mailed and hand addressed by Finlay to Janey Boulton. VG+ although some ink from the posting experience. The same card was also released in a card portfolio by Morningstar pPress in the same year. VG+.

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