February 1999

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
19.5 x 18.8cm, 1pp card printed black and brown on cream. A line art drawing of the patched sails of a boat with the number FY 27 by Andrew Whittle is conjoined with a quote from Peter Anson's Mariners of Brittany.

"The trousers and jumpers of the men vary in hue from the brightest orange vermilion to the palest rose pink, and are decorated with every imaginable sort of patch."

A patch is defined by Finlay as Patch, n, a whole part.
As noted in other works Finlay saw the act of patching as denoting care and giving worth to things. This image is also found in the unique large sculptural work FY27 in this collection. . VG+.

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Barcelona: Joan Miro Foundation, 1999
16 x 11cm, 48pp, with black boards and tipped on title label. This book accompanied the exhibition "Variations on Several Themes' and is identified often as an exhibition catalogue but this is incorrect - it is an artist's book in itself.
The first pages of the publication have a new concrete poem which is based on Christina Rossetti's devotional works, and Eugen Gomringer's Constellation form of visual poetry. The words boat, net, wind, fire, vine, flock, sun, lamb are recombined in different placings to create five different imagined scenes.
At the back of the book there is an essay by Thomas A. Clark in English who points out that the structure of the poem is from Gromringer's 5 mal 1 konstellation' and the words used are from Rossetti's "Letter and SPirit". That essay is better than I can write here so we shall leave this here although we will point out that in the late 90s religion as a subject begins to be more apparent in Finlay's work.
We have re-classified this book as an artist's book and not just a catalogue

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
16 x 14.4cm, 4pp card printed black on white with a linocut by Jo Hincks of a stern of a ship and its wake.. A text below by Finlay notes:

a solitary laner
swelling and vanishing
opened at the stern

Comparing the wake with a country lane winding behind (or in front ) of you. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
6.2 x 6.3cm, 4pp card printed black on grey. Two poems both inspired by Bishop Andrewes from his "Devotions" collection of prayers. The firs shows the word as the sea (as often found in Christian iconography) and the second the land as the sea. Both list objects and animals found in (firstly) Christian preaching and secondly during a walk. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
10 x 12.5cm, 2pp card printed black on light blue. Finlay lists nine of the Flower Class Corvettes that served in the Battle of the Atlantic as if they were a calendar - they are ordered in the months that they first sailed after completion. The list is also reminiscent of how the French revolutionary calendar renamed months after objects. VG+.

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