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artists' books; altered book; Stacked & Altered exhibition, summer 2022


367 pages : color illustrations "In 1966 the artist Tom Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page, by painting, collage or cut-up techniques, to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junk shop on Peckham Rye, south London. It was A Human Document (1892), an obscure Victorian romance by W.H. Mallock. First published in 1973, A Humument--as Phillips titled his altered book--quickly established itself as a cult classic. Since then, Phillips has been working towards a complete revision of the original A Humument, replacing pages in successive editions. This process is now finished. This final edition presents, for the first time, an entirely revised and complete version of A Humument and brings to a close half a century of artistic endeavor"--Front jacket flap. A revised version of an altered book created by Tom Phillips, using a copy of William Hurrell Mallock's novel "A human document". Case bound in light brown cloth-covered boards with blue and purple headbands. Title stamped in white on spine. Illustrated dust jacket. Includes "Notes on A humument" by Tom Phillips on 14 unnumbered pages following the text. Previous edition: 2012. Designed by Alice Wood. Gift of the RISD Museum. Curated title for Fleet Library Special Collections exhibition Stacked & Altered, summer 2022.

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London : Thames & Hudson, 2016.


©London : Thames & Hudson, 2016.

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collages (visual works); cut-paper work; alteration (process and technique); book jackets


19 cm

A Humument : A Treated Victorian Novel



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