June 1996

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
10.3 x 16cm, 2pp, artist's card with the names and numbers of various boats involved in ring netting in the shape of the Olympic's symbol. This year was the Olympics and as in 1992 Finlay created this card which honours both the games and the fishing fleet builders from Siminins. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
7 x 17.5cm, 4pp, artist's card which opens up to 7 x 35cm, 1pp. A text printed reverse blue on white reads "Andre Le Notre Lassoes Bernard Lassus!" André Le Nôtre was a French landscape architect and principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France and here Finlay suggests he dwarfs the reputation of his newly found enemy Lassus!. One of the "Picabia Series" and the last of three cards attacking Finlay's former colleague Bernard Lassus. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
9 x 8cm, 4pp, artist's card with a reproduced painting by Janet Boulton of a model boat by Raymond Houareau, Finlay calls this a "Seychelles Stradivarious" alluding to the quality of the work done and the colour of the wood which reminds one of the body of an ancient violin. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
10.7 x 15.4cm, 1pp, artist's card with quotation from Bernard Lassus from Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art which is deliberately chosen to make Lassus seem egotistic - "In the United States...

London: Tate Gallery, 1996
30 x 21cm, 1pp. Announcement leaflet for a concert in honour of Finlay's 70th birthday with a trilogy of new works by Gabriel Jacks. The three parts are Eurydice, Ring of Waves and In Prairial and Thermidor. A snippet of the score is reproduced. VG+ although a slight printing error affecting the text.

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London: Tate Gallery, 1996 5.5 x 8.5cm, 1pp event ticket and 10 x 21cm, 1pp compliments slip sent to Finlay's collaborator Janet Boulton as invitation to a concert in honour of Ian Hamilton Finlay and the premier of the "Wildflower Cycle". VG.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
10 x 14.2cm, 1pp, artist's card with quotation from Bernard Lassus in Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art which is deliberately chosen to make Lassus seem stupid - "21 centimetres is 21 centimetres for me and not 22 centimetres". Finlay appends sarcastically "Remarkable. Who is this genius?". Lassus and Finlay had been friends (Lassus had written forewords for some of Finlay's catalogues) and this seems to mark a falling out (we at this point do not know what over). VG+.

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