A Humument (First Edition)

Humument 1

Hardback: 376 pages
Published: October 1980
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
ISBN-10: 0500091463
ISBN-13: 978-0500091463

A Humument has been a work in progress since 1966 when artist 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 and he titled his altered book A Humument. The first version of all 367 treated pages was privately published by the Tetrad press in 1973. This is the first trade edition, now extremely rare.