October 1995

London: Victoria Miro Gallery, 1995.
15 x 10.5cm, 4pp (single folded sheet) with a drawing of a "birthday cake" on the front which is actually a neo-classical broken column (drawn by Gary Hincks). The announcement for a solo show of recent small publications by Finlay to honour his 70th birthday. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
5.5 x 10.9cm, 4pp, Artist's card with a definition work by Finlay printed on the inner card:
"Jug, n. if in a still-life by Juan Gris, the note of the nightingale."
Gris being one of the most important of Cubists who often painted still life works in which brown earthenware often featured. The jug of a nightingale being also the sound it makes. The colour of the card is also that of the crockery. Essentially a visual pun cum poem. VG+.

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Vermont: Longhouse, 1995
8.8 x 10.8cm, 4pp black on green folding card - the internal poems have capitalised first letters which vertically read as the words CRATE DOOR, HOE, SOAP, BALSA and TWINE. The associated words create a description of each word eg.:

H eaven
O rders
E arth

Order comes from above - as it does when a gardener uses a hoe. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
10.5 x 8.5cm, 1pp, Artist's card with a quotation from Greenhill's "Sailing for a Living" describing a barge and its crew moving along the canal. The bottom half of the typography is deliberately obscured from the bottom as if misprinted - reflecting the text where the low level of the boats make it look like the men on board are walking just above the water. VG+.

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