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Ocean Stripe Series 3

Finlay, Ian Hamilton

Edinburgh. Wild Hawthorn Press. 1965
A very good copy of the rarest volume in Ian Hamilton Finlay's 'Ocean Stripe Series' and his first kinetic poem-booklet.

The kinetic booklets in the 'Ocean and Canal Stripe Series' were an innovation of Finlay's at the Wild Hawthorn Press, and an important contribution to concrete poetry and the artist book.

'Ocean Stripe Series 3' is a concrete poem / artist book inspired by the story of Noah, in which, after repetitions of the word 'ark', a lyrically beautiful rainbow of die-cut coloured
papers is announced.

Loosely inserted sheet, with printed passage from Genesis 9:13: 'I do set my bow in
the cloud, and it shall be for a token for a covenant between me and the earth...'

[Moeglin-Delcroix - Esthétique du livre d’artiste. pp. 60, 66, 373; Yves Abrioux - Ian Hamilton Finlay. A visual primer, p. 19 (illus.)].
(7 leaves: iii). Large 8vo. (20.5 x 13 cm). 7 leaves, followed by 3 leaves of red, yellow and blue tissue. A mimeographed leaf of text is inserted loose. Original publisher's white stapled wrappers with titles printed in black to dust jacket

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