September 1994

Prague: AFAA / Institut Français de Prague, 1994
30 x 22cm, 40pp plus card covers - the all bound clamped in a wooden rod! Exhibition catalogue for a major retrospective exhibition with many of the shadow play works on display along with other major installations. Colour and b/w images throughout, an essay in Czech and French by Gunter Metkem and an interview with the artist, VG+ condition and rather unusual format with the wooden stick.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
10.5 x 5.7cm, 4pp card with a series of purple numbers made up of the randomly changing sequence of 1 - 6 (apart from the top number which is made up of seven numbers 1 - 7). A green line moves erratically down through the numbers separating them into two parts. The top three numbers have a thin line between them and the ones below.
The latin name for the foxglove flower is Digitalis purpurea - which might be read as purple digits hence this bastardisation of the latin creates a visual poem aided by the two colours. VG+.

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Glasgow: Bellingham, 1994
14.7 x 11. 5cm, 24pp hand made artist's book which has alternative black and white card pages and between the pages Small yellow inserts with hand typed text with opposing adverbs and adjectives such as on/off and light/dark or left/right before/after or that/this and this that. The front cover is also typed with a long list of complementary colours such as blue/red and yellow green.
This is one of only 35 hand-made books (each was typed by Belllingham) and one of the artist's very first works made while he was still a student. VG+ in original plastic transparent envelope as issued. The book is signed and numebred by the artist on the inside back cover. Very rare.

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Glasgow: Bellingham, 2016
14.7 x 11. 5cm, 28pp plus card covers. An unique hand made artist's book which has black inner pages on which half have diagonal close hatched lines hand-drawn on each page to take up 50% of the space of the page - hence "Half full/half empty".
This is one of only 35 hand-made books but each is (as noted) unique and one of the artist's very first works made while he was still a student. VG+ in original plastic transparent envelope as issued. The title is hand written on the front and the back in pencil and the book is signed and dated by the artist on the back cover. Very rare.

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Glasgow: Bellingham, 2016
14.7 x 11. 5cm, 24pp hand made artist's book which has black and white card pages which have been split by the artist and string bound together. As a result each page is black and white in equal amount. This is one of only 35 hand-made books and one of the artist's very first works made while he was still a student. VG+ in original plastic transparent envelope as issued. The title is hand written on the front and the back in pencil and the book is signed and dated by the artist on the back cover. Very rare.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
6.4 x 7.7cm, 4pp (single folded sheet) with a painting by Gary Hincks of a sky full of white trails on the front. Inside Finlay has a two line poem

Season of mists and milling Messerschmitts,
Close bosom-friend of the repeating gun.

The smoke trails are not solid but dotted lines - much as a trail of bullets can be seen in comic depictions of machine gun fire. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
9.9 x 8.6cm, 4pp card with two concrete poems on the inner folds on the left is an English translation of Guillaume Apollinaire's calligramme Miroir (Imagine angels not as reflections are in this mirror I am enclosed alive and real as you) the words are broken up and in a circle to indicate a mirror and Apollonaire's name is in the middle.
On the right a version of the same work is found but with important changes (Imagine mariners and not as reflections are in this mirror I am enclosed afloat and real as you). The circle in the second work becomes an ocean with the change to mariners instead of angels and the name afloat in the centre is that of the poet/conceptual/land artist Ian Stephen, a friend of Finlay's. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
17.3 x 7cm, 4pp card containing nine "new proverbs" including:

No post
no Possibility.

and

Red, white and blue<BR?isn't blue, white and red.

and

Evening harvests noon.

VG+.

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Dublin/Glasgow: CCA and Tramway, Glasgow, 1994 25.5 x 37cm. embossed folio-folder with ribbon-tie, content of four texts (50 pp. combined), each housed in individual vari-colored folder, a single glossy offset sheet of 64 photo-based b/w images (housed in vari-colored folder), two sets of 24 b/w photo-based card images (2 x 6 cm., respectively) and 5 b/w photo-postcards documenting the title installation as wel as an image of the Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Arts+ contents sheet. Additionally there are five sets of bound "clocking-in" cards for supposed workers who were later, it is hinted at, were made redundant.
First issue of this intriguing assemblage multiple by Boltanski, after a project which was exhibited in Dublin and Glasgow. A poignant and provocative work. All elements intact (many online examples are missing the postcards) and in fine estate in like folio-folder.
One included item was an appropriated photographic postcard (originally by Bedford Lemere in 1910) of the Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Art alongside the other documents which related to lost things. Obviously Boltanski was not to know it would be "lost" itself in time when it burned down in 2014 almost 20 years later.
Scarce thus - many of the folders were lost in a warehouse water accident from the original printing of 500 sets (and many of the remainders bought as a job lot by Paul Robertson when the Glasgow CCA decided to sell off their bookshops stock.
The work is full of ironies.

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Kassel: Freie Internationale Universitat, n.d.
21 x 10cm, 12pp (single folded sheet) promoting Beuys' major environmental project where he and volunteers planted (a theoretical) 7,000 oak trees and allied large basalt tones in Kassel during Dokumenta 7 in 1982. The leaflet promoted the legacy of that work with 6 b/w images of the trees, Beuys planting the trees and one large tree with stones. VG+. Date not clear - probably 90s.

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