December 1998

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
9.7 x 152cm, 2pp card printed black on deep green. The "fact" revealed on the card is that "over 200 Flowers served as convoy escorts in WW2" - again referring to the Flower Class of corvettes that were used in the war as protection for the merchant navy bringing supplies from the USA to Britain. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, Christmas 1998
4 x 10 x 3.5cm, custom made printed cardboard box content of two cotton reels - one with light blue thread, the other grey. The outside of the box has the text: "TWO HORIZONS". The object multiple references a number of other Finlay works that notes that a horizon at sea is blue and that on land is grey. A physical embodiment of that visual poem. The box is slightly damaged but overall VG.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
12.7 x 10.2cm, 4pp (gatefold) artist's card with the text "for 'lemons' read 'zulu'" in the middle panel. This is a work based on an earlier poem by Thomas A Clark which reads "for yellow read lemon"
Finlay regularly in his work denotes lemons as symbolically (due to shape) representing boats and here he makes it more specific and notes the type of boat (a zulu). The representation of the colour yellow from Clark is now representing a type of boat by extension. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
12.7 x 10.2cm, 4pp artist's card with line drawing by Gary Hincks of a sail-like geometric shape. Below the shape is a quotation from Proclus "Elements of Theology":

Every effect remains in its cause, proceeds from it, and reverts upon it.

Despite being in a book that purported to be about theology this is an early statement about physics and causality. A causality (from wind) which a sail would very much experience to in turn cause movement in a boat. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
15.1 x 11.5cm, 2pp artist's card with a typographic treatment by Peter Coates of a Finlay poem which has the Greek word for swallow as its title. The angular and sharp elements of the type reflect the wing tips (and to some extent the speed) of the ever moving birds.

SHRILL
TWITTER
SHARP
LITTLE
WINGS

The poem notes not just the sharpness of the wings but also the sharpness of the sound the bird makes. This work was also issued as a print by Finlay. VG+.

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