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IAN HAMILTON FINLAY

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 13. 1965.

Edinburgh; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1965
26 x 21cm, 4pp + 2 x 1pp inserts. The thirteenth number of Finlay’s poetry publication with contributions by John Furnival, Mary Ellen Solt, Guillaume Apollinaire (translated by J.F. Hendry), Marvin Malone, Lorine Niedecker, Jerome Rothenberg, Ronald Johnson, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Nicole Rabetaud. VG+ condition but slight mark on the back.
This is one of the earliest collaborations with Furnival who would be a close friend (until Finlay asked him to punch someone for him who he felt had slighted him and was about to arrive at Furnival's house from the train and the latter reasonably refused leading to a breach between them - a tale told to me by Furnival himsel) .

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 16. STICKS STONES NAMES BONES. 1965.

Ardgay, Ross-shire; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1965
26 x 21cm, 8pp. The sixteenth number of Finlay’s poetry publication with contributions by Pierre Albert-Birot (translated by Barbara Wright), Enrique Uribe, Francis Ponge (translated by D.M. Black), Ernst Jandl, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Eli Siegel, Tristan Tzara (translated by John Adlard), Herman Hesse (translated by Lesley Lendrum), Barry Cole, Jonathan Williams, Edward Wright and Spike Hawkins. The entire number was designed by hand with woodcuts and hand-written typography by Edward Wright. VG+ condition Scarce.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 14. 1965.

Edinburgh; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1965
26 x 21cm, 4pp + 3 x 1pp inserts. The fourteenth number of Finlay’s poetry publication with contributions by Pierre-Albert Birot, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Furnival, Pedro Xista, Mary Ellen Solt, and Heinz Gappmayr. VG+ condition Scarce.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 17. ROBERT LAX SPECIAL ISSUE.

Ardgay, Ross-shire; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1965
33 x 12cm, 8pp. The seventeenth number of Finlay’s poetry publication - this number dedicated to a single concrete poem by Robert Lax and with drawings by Emil Antonucci. VG+ condition Scarce.
This was an unusual format number of the poetry journal in part caused by the format of the Lax poem which needed more vertical space than traditional works.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 15. 1965.

Ardgay, Ross-shire; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1965
26 x 21cm, 8pp. The fifteenth number of Finlay’s poetry publication with contributions by Margot Sandeman who provided drawings for the entire publication, George Mackay Brown, Eli Siegel, Edwin Morgan Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish McLaren, Theodore Enslin, Libby Houston and R.L. Cook. VG+ condition Scarce.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 18. AD REINHARDT ISSUE DESIGNED BY BRIDGET RILEY. 1966.

Ardgay, Ross-shire; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1966
26 x 21cm, 8pp. The eighteenth number of Finlay’s poetry publication - this number dedicated to Ad Reinhardt (using his writings and script) and designed by Bridget Riley. The recurrent motif is a large black 0. VG+ condition.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 19. RONALD JOHNSON ISSUE DESIGNED BY JOHN FURNIVAL. 1966.

Coaltown of Callange, Ceres, Fife; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1966
26 x 21cm, 12pp. The nineteenth number of Finlay’s poetry publication - this number dedicated to Ronald Johnson and designed by John Furnival. The entire number is given over to a multi-page visual poem entitled IO AND THE OX-EYE DAISY. VG+ condition.
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SUBSCRIPTION FORM FOR DOES MAN FORM AESTHETICS FOR HIMSELF? NYC: Definition Press, 28 x 22cm, 1pp black on yellow paper.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 20. 1966. SINGLE NUMBER DEDICATED TO A SINGLE WORK BY IAN HAMILTON FINLAY.

Coaltown of Callange, Ceres, Fife; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1966
26 x 21cm, 12pp. The twentieth number of Finlay’s poetry publication - this number dedicated to a work by Finlay himself (The Tug The barge/The Water The Wind/ The Sky The Cloud) and illustrated by Peter Lyle. A barge moved through a canal and the various elements of the world move around it. VG+ condition.

POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 21. 1966. EDGARD BRAGA AND AUGUSTO DE CAMPOS.

Stoneypath; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1966
26 x 21cm, 12pp. The twenty-first number of Finlay’s poetry publication - wholly consisting of concrete poems by Edgard Braga and Augusto de Campos; and designed by Nigel Sutton (typography and layout). Unusually printed red on white. VG+ condition. Scarce.
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21 x 10cm, 4pp. Subscription form for the MIGRANT PRESS with bibliographical history.
This was the first number of POTH published at Stonypath (Later Little Sparta) as Finlay moved there with his partner Sue during 1966. After earlier locations in Edinburgh and Fife this was Finlay's final home for the next 50 years until his death in 2006.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 22. 1967. CHARLES BIEDERMAN: AN ART CREDO.

Stoneypath; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1967
30 x 21cm, 12pp. The twenty-second number of Finlay’s poetry publication - works by Charles Biederman and designed by Philip Steadman (typography). The text uses the metaphor of reading a book and turning a page to how new ideas and times enter life. Two b/w images of forrest landscapes. This number of POTH is much more like a standalone artist's book than the more typical journal. VG+ condition. Scarce.
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23 x 14cm, 1pp. Black on blue. A promotional leaflet for Biederman's book Art as the evolution of visual knowledge. Art History Publishers.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 23 DESIGNATED AS “TEAPOTH 23”. 1967. DESIGNED BY JOHN FURNIVAL.

Stoneypath; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1967
26 x 21cm, 12pp. The twenty-third number of Finlay’s poetry publication - here designed by John Furnival and contributions by Max Weber, Theodore Enslin, Pierre Albert-Birot (translated by Stephen Bann),Ian Hamilton Finlay, Eli Siegel, Gael Turnbull, George Mackay Brown, Edwin Morgan, and Ronald Johnson. This number reverting to the more common collection of poems by different artists. VG+ condition. Scarce.

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POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 24 . 1967. CONCRETE POETRY AT THE BRIGHTON (’67) FESTIVAL

Stoneypath; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1967
30 x 21cm, 12pp. The twenty-fourth number of Finlay’s poetry publication. Designed by Alistair Cant with photographs by Graham Keen. This is a photographic record of visual poetry works exhibited at different sites during the Brighton Festival and a de facto catalogue for the event. Works by Claus Bremer, Eugen Gomringer, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hansjörg Mayer, John Furnival, Edwin Morgan, Stephen Bann and Kenelm Cox. VG+.

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