Robin Gillanders Tag

Edinburgh: Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 2015
25./4 x 23.3cm, 64pp plus boards. First edition of this photobook by Finlay collaborator Gillanders with 31 black and white photographs documenting Little Sparta, in Scotland, accompanied by an essay by Gillanders and an Aafterword by Alec Finlay. VG+.

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Eindhoven Peter Foolen Editions, 2012
20 x 245.5cm, unpaginated, Original card covers, Photographic record of one afternoon at Little Sparta where Finlay sailed his toy boats on the Loch. Black and white photographs throughout. This is one of 50 numbered copies with a signed and editioned b/w photograph of the boats appended aside from the edition of 300 copies. VG+ in unopened plastic wrapping.

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Edinburgh: Museums of Scotland, 2005
21 x 15cm, 32pp self cover. Announcement brochure for the Festival visual art exhibitions which include "The Philosopher's Garden" with photographs by Robin Gillanders. While this was not a Finlay exhibition per se it was, de facto, the last exhibition displaying Ian's work and Little Sparta before his death. One b/w portrait of Ian in his conservatory by Gillanders is reproduced. VG+.

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Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2004
21 x 24.3cm, 2pp announcement card for an exhibition by Robin GIllanders of his photographs of Little Sparta and The Ermenonville Gardens (which were inspired by the writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau). One b/w image of a sculptural work at Little Sparta, VG+.

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Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2004
24 x 18cm, 64pp and full black cloth boards with printed titles to spine and upper board. Exhibition about The Ermenonville Gardens, which were inspired by the writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau. Preface by Jean-Claude Curtil with an introduction by Peter France. Text in English and French. The back of the book has 6pp of photographs of Little Sparta by Gillanders and short Finlay texts from Detached Sentences on Gardening. VG+.

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Edinburgh: Sick Kids Hospital, 2001
30 x 21cm, 32pp plus covers. The secret auction catalogue to raise funds for the hospital - the works were unlabelled but most were easily identified. The Robin Gillanders print from Little Sparta of the Wheelbarrow sculpture that is in this collection was purchased from this auction (as was a photograph of John Byrne). VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 2000
15.2 x 21.4cm, 48pp plus red patterned boards. Artist's book with eighteen b/w photographs by Robin Gillanders ofone of the small sections of Little Spartas which Finaly denoted as Huff Lane - in part a joke about being somewhere to go and sit when feeling aggrieved ("In the huff" as Scots say.
Along the lane are five low benches inscribed with epigrams such as:

"A lane cannot be measured in metres"

This line may be related to another bench:

"In a lane one will not encounter Apollo but one may come upon Pan."

The former is a punny musical reference (Pan after all plays the pipes) and a lane is usually shadowed from the sun but also it has music from nature:

"A song of a skylark may return us to Shelley, a lane may lead us back to Clare."

Both Shelley and Clare are romantic poets.
GIllander's photographs are also of flowers found during the (very) short walk.
One of 300 such books published for Christmas 2000. VG+. Finlay gives Pia Simig a credit for being part of the conceptual idea.

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