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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
Original mailing box content of a 2 x 4 x 1cm, pewter faux "net marker" with the inscription "SP" and a 12 x 16cm, 4pp printed card. A Christmas gift (here to the art dealers and curators M+R Fricke, Dusseldorf). Net markers, traditionally made of wood or cork, were used to establish ownership of nets in fishing communities and in ports usually carved with the fisherman's initials (sometimes a monogram) or later, as boats and their crews grew larger, with the fishing numbers of the fisherman's boat.
The card has a drawing on it (by Gary Hincks) of five net markers with A, JS, JN, SP, A on them - these represent the first five of Jesus's disciples and there is a biblical quote - from Matthew 4: 'As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother,...

Glasgow: WAX336, 1999
10.4 x 14cm, 2pp. Artist's card noting that at the change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582, the fact that the former calendar was created at a time when the concept of zero "was not known" (or rather not used mathematically). Bellingham's suggestion is to restore the year 0 by adding an additional year to any current date. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
14.2 x 9cm, 16pp, plus oversize white card covers and floral decorated dust jacket with tipped on title label. Content of six "exchange" poems - three by Thomas A. Clark and three by Finlay where the structure is of a two line poetic phrase where the swapping of the adjectives or a noun alters the meaning in subtle manners. This:

the centuries of the oak/the sermon in the stone
becomes
the centuries of the stone/the sermon in the oak
Each is illustrated by a small painting by Laurie Clark. VG+.

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Dundee: Centre for Artist's Books, 1999
21 x 15cm, 12 pp plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue and cataloguer raisonne of sorts - the essay by Gilonis is a list of 100 works (postcards and other items) by Bellingham with short descriptions. Issued for an exhibition of Bellingham's artist's books and publications. VG+. Scarce early publication.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1999) 10 x 9.5cm, 4pp. Artist's postcard with an appropriated text about model making and the comparison as to how real navies staff their ships seeing the soldiers and sailors as "little men". The title "Thought for the Day" references a daily BBC4 section of the early morning news where religious figures are invited to give a short homily to the audience (who usually wait it out until the useful part of the show returns). VG+. ...

Stuttgart: Revolver, 1999
20.4 X 15.7cm, unpaginated plus card covers with French folds. Artist's book photographically documenting two dogs in black and white images with one shown on one side of the open fold and the other opposite, followed by a number of blank colour pages. The pairing of two animals may be a nod to Boetti's fascination with couplings (although Boetti's interest was in the duality of twins) but nothing is very clear other than the nostalgia that Monk feels for his own family and their animals although one dog is his mother's and the other a dog that lives in Stuttgart. One of 500 hand numbered copies. VG+.

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Kõln), Salon Verlag, 1999
17 x 12cm, 32pp. plus slightly oversize wrappers. There are 30 b/w pportraits of young men and women in their teens placed on a graph-lined back grOund and their dates of birth with a space for their later death dates. One of 1000 numbered copies.VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1996

7 x 8.5cm, 12pp plus printed card covers. Artist's book which is printed in green in one direction (Orchard) and once turned around is orange in the other (Larder). The words in both directions are APPLE, PEAR, CHERRY, PLUM, TREE and APPLE, PEAR, CHERRY, PLUM, JAM. The former is denoted as the "Inauguration of the orchard, Little Sparta, Autumn 1999" and the latter "Replenishment of the larder, Little Sparta, Autumn 1999". A small delight. VG+.

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Paris: Maison Levanneur, 1999
19 x 19cm, 2pp announcement card for a posthumous show and a resulting monograph "Perfect is my death word" - with a full colour portrait of Byars in a huge red cloak on the front, verso gallery details. VG+. ...

Lubeck: Overbeck-Gesellschaft, 1991
21 x 10cm, 2pp announcement card with a reproduction of VENTOSE from 19991 on the front. Verso gallery details. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
15 x 10.7cm, 2pp, black on white card with a text:

l'invitation
de ce grand
espace blanc

Beken of Cowes was a photographer who specialised in marine photograph in the Solent and around the Isle of Wight. The "invitation to a large white space" is from a letter by Stephan Mallarme - one of the most important of concrete poets who used space to make meaning in his works. The comparison between the poet's work and the photography of seascapes is at the heart of this work. VG+

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