June 1998

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
10.5 x 15.1cm, 1pp artist's card printed blue and ochre on white. The text has a "b" then "oats" allowing it to be read both as oats and boats. Beneath is found "The Orcadian is a crofter with a boat while the Shetlander is a fisherman with a croft" apparently a traditional saying. Hence one can read the Oats/Boats as a direct representation of the saying. Finlay lived for some years in Orkney in a fisher community where he was employed as a shepherd. VG+.

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Glasgow: Wax366, 1998
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp artist postcard with a colour photograph of a light fitting where a pear is replacing the usual bulb. Photograph by Bellingham. VG+.

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30 x 24cm, b/w original photograph taken by Robin Gillanders of Little Sparta for his book "‘Little Sparta, Portrait of a Garden". This shows one of Finlay's garden sculptures of an aircraft carrier. Gillanders took the images between 1994 and 1998. Originally a gift from the photographer to Janet Boulton, one of Finlay's later collaborators and a friend to both Gillanders and the poet. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
9 x 13cm, 1pp artist's card printed red on white. The text "IN A FAUVE PAINTING THE MOST IMPORTANT COLOUR IS GREY" which is of course a jarring statement as the one thing Fauvism is identified with is a bright colour palette. VG+. .

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Edinburgh: Ingleby Gallery, n.d. (1999)
21 x 15cm, 2pp offset price list of available Finlay prints handed out a solo exhibition. Two punched holes for storage else VG.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
9.8 x 10.6 cm, 12pp, plus card covers and dust jacket. Content of 16 b/w drawings of knots used in netting by Gary Hincks- the subtle differences between them and the sequential way they are presented reminds one of the schematics of Sol Lewitt. The last pages of the book have a line by Finlay:

Variations on a Theme of Diamonds
net

A one line poem which notes the shapes of the netting as the ropes are pulled into diamond shapes. And the value of such nets to the fisherman.

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Edinburgh: Morning Star Publications/Water press. Wax366, 1998
16.2 x 22.9cm, printed envelope content of four artists' postcards by David Bellingham, Alec Finlay, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Kevin Henderson issued on the occasion of the 1998 football world cup in France.
Ian Hamilton Finlay's card is "Relative Geography" which was a concrete poem originally published in "Tea-leaves and Fishes" from 1966. The text reads:

Britain: North Pole Equator South Pole Brazil: North Pele Equator South Pele

Pele of course was the world famous footballer who was often regarded as the Greatest Of All Time. All cards are VG+ in like envelope. The co-publisher Morning Star Press was the idea of Finlay's son Eck Finlay (now Alex FInlay).

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Paris: Yvon Lambert, 1998
12 x 8cm, 2pp announcement card with an appropriated image of a man standing on his head but Monk has rotated the image such that the man supporting the gymnast is upside down and the acrobat is the right way up. Verso gallery details. This was Monk's 16th ever solo show and the first at Yvon Lambert's gallery. The card is signed in blue ink on the back by Monk. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
7.6 x 16.5cm, 4pp artist's card printed red and black on light brown. This is a second card published by Finlay with the title. A drawing of ploughed fields by Ron Costley is conjoined with "DAS GEPFLUGTE LAND/THE FLUTED LAND". This version of the conceptual idea is more visual in its form than the previous card but the meaning is essentially the same - the rural landscape can be seen as a rutted flute. VG+. .

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Munchen: Gina Kehayoff Verlage, 1998BR> 14 x 21cm,28pp plus card covers. Artist's book consisting of 132 small b/w photographic images of relics from both East and West youth culture in Berlin in the 1970s (before the Berlin wall came down) The images are of toys, exercise books, sports drawings, fan articles, drawings, photos." The book is printed dos-a-dos with the Eastern objects shown in one direction until half way, and the Western images in the other direction once the book is turned over. Minimal text in German. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
12 x 15cm, 1pp artist's card printed black on light brown. DAS GEPFLUGTE LAND translates to THE FLUTED LAND. The German comes from a number of early writers and refers to the ploughed fields and rolling countryside seen from a distance. Finlay quotes both Holderin and Schiller and gives a key to some german words for plough, undulating, flight and wing - bringing the text back to flying birds as well as the rural scene VG+. .

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