A Humument has been a work in progress since 1966 when Tom Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junk shop on Peckham Rye, South London. This was an 1892 Victorian obscurity titled A Human Document by W.H. Mallock whose title was altered to A Humument for the remade book. The earliest printed version took the form of sets of boxed pages issued by the Tetrad Press between 1971 and 1976. The first trade edition was published by Thames & Hudson in association with Hansjorg Mayer in 1980 and this was followed by revised editions in 1987, 1998, 2004 and 2012 before the sixth and final edition was published in 2016. Each edition contains at least 50 new pages which replace their earlier selves in a process whose goal is acheived in the final edition in which no page of the earliest version survives.
Just about everything you could want to discover about A Humument can be found in the section of this site dedicated to the book.
Limited edition prints from A Humument can be purchased in the shop and you can find out about a limited edition signed copy of the fifth edition by reading the notes from the link below.
Notes on this work
Prior to publication as a paperback by Thames & Hudson in early 2005, a special hardback edition limited to 175 copies was available in the autumn of 2004 to friends and known followers of the work.
Each of these copies is signed and numbered and also includes, loosely inserted, two signed and numbered prints of unpublished excerpts.
This special édition de tête is only available direct from the artist at the price of £175. Please contact us here.