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Tom Phillips is an English artist, born in London where he continues to work as a painter and collagist. In 1966 he started  his most famous work  A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel. The year of 1966 was important for Phillips. He exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for the first time, started work on A Humument, and began collaborating with Brian Eno.  Phillips randomly purchased a novel called A Human Document by Victorian author William Hurrell Mallock, and began a long project of creating art from its pages. He painted, collaged & drew over the pages, leaving some of the text peeking through in serpentine bubble shapes, creating a “found” text with its own story, different from the original. Characters from Mallock’s novel appear in the new story, but the protagonist is a new character named Bill Toge (whose surname can only appear on pages which originally contained words like together or altogether). Toge’s story is a meditation on unrequited love and the struggle to create and appreciate art. The treated novel became known through literary and art magazines and quickly acquired a cult following.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. 376 pages with 368 color illustrations. A very nice copy of this scarce title.

Bookseller Inventory # 20976



Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel
Phillips, Tom

Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publication Date: 1980
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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