Stuart Mills Tag

Belper: Aggie Weston's Editions, 2005
21 x 15cm, 4pp inkjet promotional leaflet for the book reproducing Finlay's notebook in a book reprinted almost fully in its entirety by Stuart Mills a long time friend and collaborator.
JOINT:
Two 21 x 15cm, 1pp inkjet subscription leaflets, one with an image of a boat made by Finlay on the pond in Little Sparta. VG+.
JOINT:
30 x 21cm, 1pp inkjet pomotional leaflet for POETS POETS - anthologies published by Mills of works chosen by various poets (however not Finlay). VG+ but folded.


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Belper: Aggie Weston's Editions, 2004
19 x 13cm, folded single printed dustjacket for the book edited by Stuart Mills of content of Finlay's notebooks. This was sent to Paul Robertson by Mills with a post-it note on the back with the words "Covers, Have you found the card yet?" and an arrow pointing to a sculpture reproduced on the back "The star in its stable of light". Mills knew at the time Robertson had been searching for a copy of that card.VG+.

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Nottingham: Stuart Mills, 2003
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp postcard with a colour photograph of titular "Sea Eck" boat on the Temple Pond at Little Sparta taken by Stuart Mills in 1967.
The card has a neat handwritten note in pen from Stuart Mills: "Behind the boat with the remains of an old packing case leaning against, the byre, to become temple. "Godess Skelf" (sic) would eventually be places almost directly at the edge of the Back Doo Pond (as it was called then) behind the boat...

Nottingham: Stuart Mills, 2003
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp postcard with a colour photograph of the Temple Pond at Little Sparta taken by Stuart Mills. We do not know the date of publication of this card but believe it before Finlay's death. VG+....

Belper: Aggie Weston's Editions, 2004
19.4 x 13cm, 68pp plus boards and dustjacket. Place ribbon. One of the last books published in Finlay's life time which was based on collected aphorisms and one line poems taken from notebooks (blue jotters) in which he wrote down ideas and single lines. Edited by his friend and long time collaborators Stuart Mills and Colin Sackett. One of 500 copies printed. VG+.
JOINT WITH:
15 x 10.5cm, 1pp, compliments slip from the Aggie Weston press which has a lengthy handwritten note from Mills to Paul Robertson which talks about the enthusiasm for the book and how well it was received by the likes of the Tate Gallery. In original torn posted envelope.

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n.p. : Aggie Weston's, 1997 14.6 x 9cm, 4pp with card covers. There are two texts:

Fun and Colourful
this solid little sailing barge is designed to sail on bath and pond alike

a blurb from a toy company, and then,

Fun and Colourful
this solid little sailing barge is designed to sail on bath and pond and sink". The joke is a visual one, a photograph taken by Rodger Brown shows a small toy boat which has turned over in a sink (sunk).
A joint work with Stuart Mills, this example is signed by Mills on the last page. VG+.

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Little Sparta/Nottingham: Wild Hawthorn Press/Tarasque Press, 1996
15.5 x 11.3cm, 2pp. A constellation of short translated haiku which were previously allocated to their Japanese authors have the names of the original writers crossed out and replaced by names from the English National football time such as:

Breakwater posts
the sea so calm
on the other side

Paul Gascoigne


The original poems were translated by Stuart Mills and Finlay appended the footballers. Finlay suggesting that the poems give up some essence of the sportsman.
This card has a short dedication in ink on the back from Mills to Robertson "for Paul from Stuart". VG+.

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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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Nottingham: Trent Bookshop, 1971) 20.4 x 16.5cM,, 48pp. with colour pictorial wrappers. A double number of this poetry/art magazine edited by Stuart Mills and Simon Cutts - this issue was the last published. and has concrete works by a number of artists/poets but mostly Finlay and Cutts the issue reprints a long letter from lawyers acting against Finlay in the Times Literary Supplement 25.9.69 relating to his legal action against Fulcrum Press and has Finlay's reposte to the letter (only published here we believe) including "If you were a poet, and President Nixon decided to publish you, would you support the Vietnam War?" Seven other poems by Finlay are reprinted and other letters and articles discuss him. A rather nice publication which sadly ended with this high point.

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Nottingham: Tarasque Press, 1970 10 x 15cm, 24pp plus card covers and printed dust jacket. An artists' book with three Ian Hamilton Finlay concrete poems, three by SImon Cutts and two by Stuart Mills - all illustrated by Ian Gardner. Finlay's contributions are DAISY chain (sic), Carousel and Windmills Winding Waters. The book is very hard to find and often missed in catalogue raisonnes of Finlay's work. The illustrations by Gardner are charming and somewhat minimal - Daisy chain is illustrated as an iron chain for an anchor as Finlay's poem uses the name of a boat - DAISY - to create the visual poem. This is one of 100 numbered and signed copies. Slightly rusted staples else VG+. Very scarce.

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Nottingham: Tarasque Press, 1970
26 x 20cm, 1pp. Small broadside issued by The Trent Bookshop/Tarasque Press (formed by Stuart Mills and Martin Parnel in 1964) which had a different poet in each issue. This number has the Weed Boat Masters (sic) Ticket Preliminary test (Part One) - a faux examination where all of the questions appear to be about boats and fishing but have a humorous twist eg

6. Comment on the statement' (sic) "A ship is not a shoe sealed for seafaring'.

The "part two" of the test was published by Finlay's Wild Hawthorn Press as an artist's book in 1971 but this "first part" is an extremely rare item in VG+ condition.

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