April 1999

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
12.4 x 8.9cm, 4pp, black on white artist's card with two drawings by Stephen Duncalf of firstly an hat and gloves and cane (a cliche from black and white movies of a "man about town") and then a cockpit of a warplane with two wheels lying against the open glass - as if it has crashed which is labelled "Plane about town".
Possibly one of the least interesting of cards published by the Press. With original unprinted envelope. VG+.

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Eindhoven: October Foundation, n.d. (1999)
42 x 30cm, full colour offset lithograph with an image of a "blue flower". Cornelia Wieg, curator of the Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg in Halle, Germany, took a photograph of a tree bark in the garden of the Novalis Haus in Weissenfels. Finlay digitally rotated a fragment of this photograph by 180 degress and found an abstract "Blue Flower" from the unfinished last novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen (1802) by Novalis, which became a symbol of Romanticism. If one turns the print then one can see the original carving of a date into the tree! One of only 125 such prints issued. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
9.5 x 10cm, 4pp, black on white artist's card with a drawing by Kathleen Lindsley of a stone in a ploughed field next to a wall. Inside there is a poem:

A STONE

A stone turned up by the plough
was carried from the shadow to
lie at the field's edge

where it was found and taken as
ballast to the black hold of a boat.

The fate of the stone to go from blackness to blackness is glum to say the least. Nature is cruel even to the inanimate. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
3.2 x 5.1cm, 8pp, single sheet, concertina folded card printed black on light brown. There are three panels which read:
lamp-stook
jug-stook
table-stubble
A stook is a group of sheaves of grain stood on end in a field. The three visual poems seen at twilight (reflecting colour of the paper stock employed here) are the mistaken images from a distance of a lamp and a jug and when the light gets bad, a simple irritation on the flat earth. Evening, the title of the card, can mean two things - the time of day and the evening out of an image towards less detail and more flatness. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
12.7 x 4cm, 4pp card (top hinged) printed black on bright yellow with a poem:
SHORT POEM ON SANDPAPERING


evenly





eventually

The spacing in the typography indicates time passing - and the colour presumably the common beige of the sandpaper. The similarity of the two words seems to suggest one evolves out of the other - which reflects how sandpapering will initially make something even but time is needed for it to work well. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
9 x 14cm, 2pp card printed black on bright yellow is the text:
Inside every toilet roll a ship's funnel is waiting to be let out
which indicates Finlay's love of modelling. An earlier card shows three such funnels made to look like funnels in a photograph.. VG+.

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