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A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Publication date May 29, 2012
Pages 367
Binding Paperback
Edition 5th
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780500289990
ISBN-10 0500289999
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 7.25 in.
Weight 1.58 lbs.
Original list price $26.95
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“A ‘treated Victorian novel’―treated with humor and poetry, and a feeling for the ‘ghosts of other possible stories’ lurking in the original text. It may be the closest a paperback book has come to being an art object.”―New York

In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. H. Mallock’s A Human Document, and began working over the extant text to create something new. The artist writes, “I plundered, mined, and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents, and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I’d stripped away with visual images of all kinds. It began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams, and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of love’s casualties.”

After its first publication in book form in 1980, A Humument rapidly became a cult classic. This new fifth edition follows its predecessors by incorporating Phillip’s latest revisions and reworkings, and celebrates an artistic enterprise that is forty-five years old and still actively a work in progress.

368 color illustrations

Editions
Hardcover
With Wai Hing Wong (other contributor), Shawn L. Gerstenberger (other contributor) | Revised edition from Thames & Hudson (November 1, 1997)
9780500974551 | details & prices | List price $24.95
This edition also contains Biology and Management of Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels in the Western United States
About: By blacking out passages and rearranging pages, British artist Tom Phillips turned an obscure Victorian novel into "the closest a paperback book has come to being an art object" (NEW YORK magazine).
Paperback
Book cover for 9780500280287 Book cover for 9780500285510 Book cover for 9780500289990 Book cover for 9780500973394
 
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5th edition from Thames & Hudson (May 29, 2012)
9780500289990 | details & prices | 367 pages | 5.25 × 7.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.58 lbs | List price $26.95
About: “A ‘treated Victorian novel’―treated with humor and poetry, and a feeling for the ‘ghosts of other possible stories’ lurking in the original text.
4th edition from Thames & Hudson (April 1, 2005)
9780500285510 | details & prices | 367 pages | 5.00 × 6.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $27.50
About: In the mid-1960s, inspired by William Burroughs's "cut-up" writing technique, Tom Phillips bought an obscure Victorian novel for three penceW.
With W. H. Mallock | from Thames & Hudson (January 1, 1998)
9780500280287 | details & prices | 367 pages | 3.00 × 7.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $24.95
About: First published on 1980, "A Humument" became a cult classic.
With Joel Friedman | Revised edition from Thames & Hudson (May 1, 1987)
9780500973394 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $19.95
This edition also contains The Law of Employment Discrimination, Cases and Materials
About: Covers the pages of a Victorian novel with artwork revealing only selected words to create a surrealistic story about Bill Toge, a victim of love

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