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COLLECTION Identifier: Typ 905.60.3932

Ian Hamilton Finlay collection of printed material from Wild Hawthorn Press


Collection of printed material from Wild Hawthorn Press by the Scottish graphic artist Ian Hamilton Finlay and associates.


  • 1960-1990

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.5 linear feet (1 box)
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).

Biographical / Historical

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


Organized into the following series:
  1. Part I
  2. ___A. Poor old tired horse
  3. ___B. Books and booklets
  4. ___C. Cards
  5. ___D. Prints and poems
  6. ___E. Proposals
  7. Part II
  8. ___A. Poor old tired horse
  9. ___B. Books and Booklets
  10. ___C. Cards and folding cards
  11. ___D. Poems and prints
  12. Part III
  13. ___A. Catalogues

Physical Location


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

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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