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4 sails - Ian Hamilton Finlay with Edward Wright

FINLAY, Ian Hamilton. WRIGHT, Edward.
4 sails.
Fold out card publication [16.5 x 16.5 cm. folded] on heavy deep red card with black text. London: Chelsea School of Art, School of Graphics, 1966.
Exterior of the card is lightly rubbed while the interior is clean and bright.

A clever folding poem work by Ian Hamilton Finlay created with typographer Ed Wright from Chelsea School of Art. The work was printed in blue, yellow and red versions with the yellow and red apparently more scarce. The poems or ‘sails’ embed the registration letters of Scottish ports within the text: SY for Stornoway, LH for Leith and KY for Kirkcaldy. A similar work appeared in the form of a postcard in 1969 using the same text and elegant typography over a black and white photograph of boats moored in a port.

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