December 1995

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
10.6 x 11.3cm, 4pp outer folder in grey with tipped on inner brown paper with a text printed in reverse. Read the correct way round it would read:

LETTERS AND NUMBERS

SEEN IN REVERSE

THROUGH A SAIL

The text directly references its own format - the reader is forced to read "through" the "brown sail". VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
14.4 x 15.4cm, 4pp outer folder in grey with tipped on 14 x 45cm (opened out) white paper with the text in outline font:

SOME FLAKES OF SNOW STIRRED
BY THE WING OF A PIGEON

The poem is a winter scene. The white tips and flecks of a pigeon's wings are compared with the falling flakes of snow. VG+>

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
10.6 x 11.3cm, 4pp outer folder in grey with tipped on 9.5 x 44cm opened out, 8pp concertina folded, white paper with the four panels of texts in outline font:

PART OF A PLANK
OVER
PART OF A PLANK

EDGE TO EDGE
PLANK TO A PLANK

END TO END
ABUTTING

STEM TO STERN

The panels firstly describe three methods of ship building where different ways of laying the wood is used. The final panel encompasses the entire boat from front to back.
One is reminded, although the comparison is probably just coincidence, of Lawrence Weiner's conceptual art works where all physical options of interrelations between things are listed to create conceptual sculptures. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
7.2 x 8cm, 4pp. Artist's card printed red on light yellow with an abstract drawing by Gary Hincks on the front that looks like a close up of sackcloth .
Internally there is a translation of two lines from a fragment from Archilochus the Greek poet:
The deep red-brown
of rain-wet sailcloth

The poem is reflected in the drawing. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
12.7 x 8.6cm, 4pp, Artist's card printed black on blue with a poem by Finlay called LONGING.

to see
to see if it were
if it were but the smoke
the smoke going up
going up from the houses
the houses
of rocky
Ithaca

The poem describes the longing and homesickness of Ulysses for his home. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
12.5 x 13cm, 48pp plus printed boards Artist's photo-book with twenty-two b/w duotone photographs by David Paterson of sculptures and their sites in Little Sparta.
Finlay has had as a constant theme in his work a trick pof adding "signatures" (usually in a form of a plaque or a ground sculpture) to natural objects - eg "Poussin" at a viewpoint for a hilly landscape. These photographs are all of works that fall into that grouping.
The final photograph is of a boat on Lochen Ech which has as its name "UNSIGNED". One of only 250 such books printed as Christmas gifts by Finlay. VG+>

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
Three nested sheets, each 15 x 11cm (closed size), with texts on the folds and an illustration by Gary Hincks of a Zulu Skiff in the centre sheet. The work can be slowly opened to read in order:

UNTITLED UNFOLDER

bow curves bow cleaves

sail powers sail steadies

rudder steers stern stitches

TT 117 zulu skiff

Part of the :"Echoes series" this work is a variation on another poet's work - here Ian Stephen. The card is noted as being Christmas 1995 but also Easter 1996. VG+.

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Santiago de Compostela: Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, 1995
21 x 15cm, 6pp. Exhibition catalogue for a Spanish solo show mostly displaying the artists small "compositions" (dolls and abstract figurative shapes roughly made out of cheap materials) and his shadow works. One such work shown on the front of the catalogue and there is a short essay in Spanish by Gloria Moure and a biographical history of the artist. Two diecut binding holes (as issued). VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
11 x 11cm, 4pp, Artist's card printed black on white with a drawing of a boat and inside a poem by Finlay:

FOR MY
BIRTHDAY

I
want a

Kit
Wood

kit

On the surface this is a simple birthday request for a model boat kit made of wood however the boat drawing is of PZ134 - a wooden fishing boat called the Ocean Pride which was originally built in 1919. It was being restored by various enthusiasts - hence the real boat is a kit being made by hobbyists as well. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
10 x 5.5cm, 4pp, Artist's card printed black on blue with a sound poem by Finlay on the front made up of the various abbreviations for ports. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
9.5 x 6.1cm, 4pp, Artist's card with a wreath on the front. The drawing could also be an image of a tyre hung from the side of a boat to stop the hull hitting the dock.

Internally a poem:

Elegy
Courageous 11
Faithful 111


The names of boats placed together leave the impression of a dedication for the dead. Perhaps even fishermen dead. VG+.

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