London: Frances Lincoln, (2003). Photographs by Andrew Lawson. 0711220859. First Frances Lincoln edition. 4to. 139 pp. Blue paper covered boards. Fine / Near fine dust jacket with some fading at bottom edge on front and back panel. No chips or tears. Item #379
Little Sparta, Ian Hamilton Finlay's garden in the Pentland Hills of Scotland, is recognized as one of Europe's most important contemporary art works. Here Finlay, employing to the full his disciplined inventiveness as a poet, composes words, sculptural objects and the natural elements of a garden into art works which are at once elegantly simple and highly allusive. His works are to be seen in major public art collections and in public places worldwide, but Little Sparta is unique, as both his largest single composition and the seed bed of ideas brought to fruition in settings as diverse as San Diego, Stuttgart, Carrara, London and Edinburgh. In this, the first and only book about Little Sparta, Jessie Sheeler's discerning text illuminates the meaning of the art works, helping us to appreciate their nuances, while Andrew Lawson in his outstanding photographs captures individual works and the garden as a whole.