August 1996

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
10.8 x 7cm, 4pp, A drawing of two parts of a model boat hull by Gary Hincks has internally:


First plank
this half

then plank
that half

then wonder why
2 matching halves
won't fit

The word plank here has a double meaning - in lowland Scots it means "to place" - hence the poem can be read as either a description of bad design or bad construction. VG+.


Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1996)
8 x 7.5cm, 16pp plus printed card covers. Artist's book which prints four pages of four colours with the letters in a 5 x 5 lattice - GREEN, BROWN, BLACK, OCHRE followed by the same lattice with the word PATCH. Finally the whole is identified as "Jacob's Boat" on the last page. VG+.


Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
8 x 10cm, 6pp outer folder with an image of a starfish content of 6 8 x 10cm double sided cards.
One initially thinks there has been a printing error as the back of the cards seems upside down but if read in sequence the first side tells the story of a kidnapping of three Naval Protection Officers after a raid on a French trawler - La Calypso - by its crew, with the officers only released after a return to France. Red in the other direction the story of Calypso saving the life of Ulysses and holding him for seven years in her cave.
Finlay always enjoyed a naming co-incidence and the two stories obviously parallel each other in many respects. Small vignettes by Laura Gerahty. VG+


Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1996) 13 x 9.5cm, 4pp artist's card with a reproduced watercolour drawing of a blue sailship by Gary Hincks and a long "quotation" supposedly from Heinrich von Osterdingen which Finlay dubs "An Alternative Opening" where a young man thinks about a tale of a blue sailboat and how much he would love to see such a thing. In a 1802 book about Heinrich von Osterdingen by Novalis the young man dreams about a blue flower (rather than a boat). The blue flower became a regular reference in symbolism for romance - here Finlay alters the symbolism to that of the sea and long voyagesVG+.


Munchen: Gina Kehayoff Verlage, 1996
21 x 14cm, 64pp plus card covers. Artist's book consisting of 62 b/w photographic images of 31 people showing both younger and older selves opposite each other on each two pages. Minimal text in German. VG+.


Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
7.8 x 7.8cm, 4pp, A drawing of a boat's rudder by Gary Hincks on the front of the card has a poem by Finlay inside:

BR> Pintles cast bronze -

Rudder mahogany -
Varnish like ice on
A clear water pool.

A pintle is the attachment for a rudder. Finlay has other works that liken the varnish found on a rudder to ice. VG+.


Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996
14 x 6.4cm, 4pp, The poem (after Louis Zukofsky) is

BR> an




The pairs of words when conjoined change the meaning to the opposite - which is also true of the last two words which are spaced apart to make the pairing less obvious. VG+.