March 1996

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
15.3 x 12.4cm, 42pp black on white artist's card with a drawing by Gary HIncks of a model making process where the holes in the side of the model representing porthole are made by pushing a pencil through the wood. The card is dedicated as a "Homage to SImon Cutts" - a writer and poet who presumably makes his mark on the world by the use of a pencil also. VG+.

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N.p.: n.p., n.d. (c. 1996)
21.8 x 21.8cm, 1pp. Small offset leaflet with a text by Byars (which was originally printed by a dot matrix printer to allow it to be small) in the middle of the sheet in a square shape. We are unable to find other details of this item and any help in identifying it would be gratefully received. VG.

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Halifax, UK: Henry Moore Institute, 1996 30 x 20cm, 32pp in black embossed covers. One colour and one b/w tipped on photographs. Artist's book where Byars asked the open-ended title question of four European thinkers: their Responses are reproduced in the original language and in English. The event took place during Byars' display of his large scale sculptural work 'The Monument to Language' - which is reproduced herein. Slight wear to the thick black wrappers with minor damage at top and bottom of spine. ...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
6.5 x 5cm, 4pp black on white small artist's card which internally reads:

BOREAS
Plank bender

The drawing is of a tool used in model making that allows thin wood to be bent. Boreas being the North wind which makes growing trees bend under the forces of nature. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
6.5 x 9cm, printed custom folder content of 10 6.5 x 9cm, 1pp black on deep blue cards. Each card has a epigram by Finlay on it:
"5. The sail and the keel practice dialectic."<BR< This sentence brings Hegelian dialectics into the consideration of a boat - the keel is at the bottom of the boat, the sail at the top, one keeps the baot upright, the other pushes it along. One without the other would have no effect - the synthesis of the two creates a journey.
All fine in like folder.

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London: CIty Racing, n.d. (1996)
30 x 42cm, b/w offset exhibiton poster with a design by Monk (taken from a 1970s teen film) and a title taken from the Tommy Steele song (from Half A Sixpence). This was Monk's tenth only exhibition and his first in London. A folded and mailed copy sent to the poet Douglas Park. ...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
10 x 6.8cm printed manilla envelope content of a 9.8 x 6.6cm, 2pp black on green card with texts on both sides which are quotations from others to which Finlay has added text. The first discusses the meaning of PAN to the Greeks - the final part of which notes Arcady to be the "homeland of the Panzer divisions" a common Finlay trope. The other text discusses the Poussin painting ARCADIAN SHEPHERDS - Finlay's addition claims the words on the tomb to be VIRTUE and TERROR (from the French revolution) instead of the original "Et in Arcadia ego". The latter another common Finlay theme. Both VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
12.7 x 13.9cm, 1pp full colour reproduction of a painting of one of Finlay's toy boats by Janey Boulton. On the reverse is a Finlay "definition" poem -

SPARROW, n. a plain brown bird of the finch family.

The card is a visual poem with the painting having similar colourings to the bird and it seems likely that the model is also somewhat small. VG+.

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