August 1998

Nailsworth: Cairn Gallery, 1998
38 x 29cm, 1pp black on gloss paper. Large b/w inkjet (as issued) exhibition poster for a show of images from Little Sparta taken by Janet Boulton and David Paterson. One image of a broken column in situ in Finlay's garden reproduced on the front. Slightly ripped along edges. Not many produced.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
10.2 x 15.2cm, 1pp artist's card printed brown and green on white with a text in French:

LE SOCIALISME DEVRAIT FAIRE POUR LE PEUPLE CE QUE LE CUBISME
A FAIT POUR LE COUTEAU, LA FOUCHETTE ET LEA CUILLERE.

In translation that reads that "socialism should do for the people what cubism has done for the knife, the fork and the spoon".
Cubist still-life paintings often showed common implements such as knives and forks as significant elements in their composition, and Finlay here is suggesting that socialism should raise the lot of working people and give them significance in a similar manner. This was the second of two cards with the same text but with different designs - here the look of the card is much more like a wall poster and demanding. 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 a submarine. Gillanders took the images between 1994 and 2004. 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
9.5 x 15cm, 2pp card. The text printed gray on white in reverse reads:

trackless snows of the cool icelandic girl

The white on grey makes the card seem cold and distant perhaps reflecting the virginal scene.
We do not know the date of this card but we believe it to be a late printing but published prior to Finlay's death. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
11.3 x 9cm, 20pp with card covers and printed dust jacket. Five drawings of warboats by Gary Hincks show the battleships with their varying camouflage paints. Below each is an anagram of each ship's name (all named after flowers) which by the jumble has "camouflaged" the names. Finlay kindly gives the answers to the anagrams at the back of the book.
One of 250 copies. VG+.

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n.p. : Aggie Weston's, 1997 14.6 x 9cm, 4pp with card covers. There are two texts:

Fun and Colourful
this solid little sailing barge is designed to sail on bath and pond alike

a blurb from a toy company, and then,

Fun and Colourful
this solid little sailing barge is designed to sail on bath and pond and sink". The joke is a visual one, a photograph taken by Rodger Brown shows a small toy boat which has turned over in a sink (sunk).
A joint work with Stuart Mills, this example is signed by Mills on the last page. VG+.

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Bruxelles/Hannover/Paris: Editions Lebeer Hossmann/Christian Boltanski, 1998
21.7 x 15.6cm, 34pp plus wrappers. First edition of this artist's book with 32 b/w images of the artist again reproducing scenes from his childhood - mostly of his memories of playing games. The photographs were all taken by Annette Messager in 1972 but the legends below each image (In French, English and German) clearly states they are contemporary to the artist's childhood. One of 1.500 copies of a second edition printing of the book tweinty-six years after the original. This second edition is printed in a larger paper size than the first edition. VG+.

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