Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
8 x 10cm, 4pp artist’s card printed black on grey with a drawing of a battleship by Gary Hincks
Inside the card Finlay notes the participants of the “Battle of the Flowers” in 1941/1942 – Loosestrife, Larkspur, Balm.
There were 294 “Flower-class” corvettes engaged in the second world war all of which had names of flowers, the first two here both were involved in the Battle of the Atlantic and the third boar was never actually commissioned – Finlay has this name noted as “(cancelled)”. Finlay returned time and time again to this naming convention for the battleships in cards and prints because of its use of the names of a wide number of blooms. VG+.

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