Stephen Bann Tag

Little Sparta/London: Wild Hawthorn Press/Victoria Miro Gallery, 2007
16 x 28cm, 44pp plus embossed white card covers. Posthumously printed almost to the day one year after Finlay's death, this is an ornate and rather lovely exhibition catalogue which displays ten neon works each full page and with high gloss varnish, other text works in embossed raised text also on highly glossy stock and a short essay by Stephen Bann. Appropriately high production values for the very last publication from the Wild Hawthorn Press. VG++.

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Little Sparta: s.p. Finlay, n.d. (c. 1990s)
21 x 30cm, 11 pages all original xerox printed one side only and stapled three times on left to create a document. The letter (annotated later with short remarks by Finlay) was sent originally in 1962/1963 to Cid Corman who edited Origin (one of the first publications to put Finlay in print) where he praises the magazine, talks about how he writes and feels isolated in doing that and unsure of what he is doing is good and discusses his own mental health (he complains about anxiety). Attached are a number of poems in traditional form from The Dancers Inherit The Party. AN insightful document indeed.
This was sent to Janet Boulton in July 1999.
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KNOWING THE LAND WHERE NEON BLOOMS: IAN HAMILTON FINLAY'S INSTALLATION IN ERFURT. n.p.: s.p., 1999 30 x 21cm, 3pp (recto only) stapled. An essay by Harry Gilonis about Finlay's installation of neon works. JOINT:
XEROX COPY OF ARTICLE IN JOURNAL OF GARDEN HISTORY BY STEPHEN BANN. 1981. 30 x 21cm, 13pp (recto only) stapled. An essay by Bann about Little Sparta with lots of phtographs. JOINT:
31 x 21.5cm, original mailing envelope with handwritten notes of the contents by Finlay. Torn badly when opened at top.

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London: ICA, 1992
14.5 x 15.5cm, 28pp plus card covers and printed light brown dustjacket. Exhibition catalogue of ten large bronze sculptures most of which relate to Finlay's interest in the French revolution. Ten duotone images are tipped onto pages. The exhibition then went to Yorkshire. VG+. Minimal text.Endpapers have a short musical phrase which (I think) is from La Marseillaise.
JOINTLY INSERTED (AS ISSUED):
14 x 14cm, 8p accordion fold insert with a commentary in English by Stephen Bann. VG>

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Paris: ARC, Musée d Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1987
20.3 x 17.5cm, unpaginated c. 50pp plus card covers and printed typographic dust jacket. Exhibition catalogue for a Finlay solo show from April 30 - June 28, 1987. the text (an essay by Stephen Bann) is in both English and French with each line printed alternatively but in two colours, green and red,; green for French, red for English.
There are 12 colour images of works in situ at the Kroller-Mueller and Little Sparta.VG+.

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London: Reaktion Books, 1985 28 x 21cm, 318pp plus card covers. Paperback first edition of one of the largest of Finlay monographs. Texts by Abrioux and introductory notes and commentaries by Stephen Bann with over 370 illustrations, 68 in full colour and 19 in two colours. With by Stephen Bann. Slight wear to spine else VG+.

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Glasgow: Collins Exhibition Hall, 1980 23 x 12cm, 30pp. Original wrappers with printed dust jacket . One centre page fold out. An exhibition catalogue with an introductory text by Stephan Bann and various illustrations including a garden plan by Albert Speer (who Bann and Finlay had been corresponding with and which was to cause trouble later) and a musical note by Wilma Patterson plus one fold out sheet showing various "plaques" by Finlay in the landscapes. At the back of the catalogue there is a page work by Finlay - white laid paper sheets are labelled MOSS in small type at the bottom then a dull green laid paer sheet has the text "refinements of words" on it. VG+.

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Calais, Vermont: Z Press, 1977 23 x 15cm, 54pp plus card covers. First edition of this artist's book designed by Ron Costley and with a commentary by Stephen Bann. The emblems are all drawings of military machines such as tanks or battle ships acting as metaphors associated with Greek mythology:

SEMPRE FESTINA LENTE
HASTEN SLOWLY

is associated with a Sherman tank with a flail which was used to clear minefields - hence moving slowly in order to later move quickly.
This is one of only 50 copies signed and numbered by Finlay in black ink aside from the larger edition of 750 copies. Rare deluxe copy. VG+.

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Cambridge: Kettle"s Yard Gallery. 1977
21 x 13.2cm, 30pp plus card covers and printed typographic dust jacket. Design and typography by Ron Costley and essays by Stephen Bann, Douglas Hall, Miles Orvell and Stephen Scobie with a poem "Stonypath" by Kathleen Raine. An exhibition catalogue for a show of works which were "collaborations" with other artists (which is almost all of Finlay;'s works). VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 19975
3.5cm, dia. copper and brass plated aluminium medallion with chain. With a design by Ron Costley (which originally was created for the exhibition Heroic Emblems) of an aircraft carrier with a plane taking off from the deck. The original drawing relates to the USS Enterprise at the battle of Midway where the Japanese fleet was destroyed by the Americans. Finlay sees the aircraft carrier as typifying the classical elements of air, earth, sky, water and fire.
All of the Heroic Emblems showed modern machines (mostly of war) in reference to Classical myths. With original box and 14.5 x 14.5cm, 1pp (folded twice) leaflet with a commentary by Stephen Bann. Edition size not known but very hard to find.

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Nottingham: The Tarasque Press, 1972
22.5 x 20cm, 28pp plus pictorial wrappers. Exhibition catalogue of show of concrete poetry works edited by Stephen Bann. Contributions by Simon Cutts, Ian Gardner, Stuart Mills and Finlay who has three pages of b/w photographs (4 images) taken by Stuart Mills. Slight grubbiness along outer spine else VG. Scarce Catalogue.

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