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Typ 905.60.3932

Finlay, Ian Hamilton. Ian Hamilton Finlay collection of printed material from Wild Hawthorn Press, circa 1960-1990: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: Typ 905.60.3932
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Finlay, Ian Hamilton.
Title: Ian Hamilton Finlay collection of printed material from Wild Hawthorn Press,
Date(s): 1960-1990.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of printed material from Wild Hawthorn Press by the Scottish graphic artist Ian Hamilton Finlay and associates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Ruth and Marvin Sackner, The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, 300 West Rivo Alto Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139; received: 1995 April 24.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ian Hamilton Finlay Collection of Printed Material from Wild Hawthorn Press, circa 1960-1990 (Typ 905.60.3932). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ian Hamilton Finlay (b. 1925) is a Scottish sculptor, graphic artist and poet. Ruth and Marvin Sackner assembled this collection.


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Scope and Contents

Collection of printed material by Ian Hamilton Finlay and associates, produced primarily at the Wild Hawthorn Press, with some printed at the Wild Flounder Press, the Salamander Press, and others. The collection consists of concrete and visual poetry and includes 13 booklets, 1 broadside, four folded cards, and 15 printed sheets (14 on card stock and one amusing "Erratum" 5.2 x 7.8 cm.) The collection includes nine issues of the serial Poor old tired horse, with a prospectus for From Burgos jail: Poems and drawings presented by Appeal for Amnesty in Spain (London, 1964), laid in number 10 of Poor old tired horse. Two monographs are from the "Canal stripe series." Accompanying the collection is the Finlay catalogue raisonnée (1990), its 1990-1991 supplement, and catalog of The Ian Hamilton Finlay printed archive by Worthington Miro Ltd. (1994).

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