Antonia Reeve Tag

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1994
13.0 x 15.4cm, 4pp. A tipped on colour photograph by Antonia Reeve of a Finlay wall sculpture by John Andrew. The marble inscription reads: "For the first time men earnestly relied upon heaven chronology became historical and astronomical at the same time." a quote by Michelet and an explanatory note by Finlay noting how the Republican calendar "ended" time. VG+.

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NYC: Nolan/Eckman Gallery, 1994
10.7 x 13.5cm, 28pp plus card covers, a red dust jacket and a tipped on title label. This book is subtitled "six Inscribed Fragments Concerning the French Revolution 1789 -- 1805. Six b/w photographs (by Antonia Reeve) of stone reliefs by Finlay are tipped on opposite a commentary by Siegfried Blasche and different quotations from Michelet . The commentaries can be seen as an adjunct to the works as they are not explained. Still an interesting book that is arguably an artists book as well as exhibition catalogue. On consideration we regard it as one of the latter.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
11.4 x 8.9cm, 4pp card with a photograph variation by Antonia Reeve of the Upper Pool in Little Sparta printed black on green along with a poem:

Cascade

The one
water

sings its
separate

small
pop-songs

as it
falls

A cascade has a double meaning - falling as the water does here - and in music - a descending melody. Finlay finds both appealing. This is apparently a variation of a Louis Zukofsky poem. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
7.1 x 10.5cm, 8pp and card covers along with printed brown dust jacket. The artist's book has a visual poem:

cottage
loaves

loaf
cottages

and there is a drawing by Howard Eaglestone and a photo-montage by Antonia Reeve.
The texts by reversing the words create first an image of squat country houses (brown and russet red as when painted by Paul Cezzane) and then a loaf with the shape of a solid loaf. The illustrations reflect those two poetic images. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
17.4 x 18.3m, 1pp Artist's card with a b/w photograph by Antonia Reeve of the road up to Little Sparta and the first gate encountered after reaching the sheep field. . Finlay writes underneath "Little Sparta's Eastern Frontier at the time of The First Battle of Little Sparta february 4 1983. The old gate marks the site of the barrier, which has since been removed." Checkpoint Charlie was the nickname for the best known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the cold war. VG+.

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