Sackner Archive

A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel

Two pages from this altered novel features colorful art surrounding select words from pages in this treated Victorian novel.
A page from this altered novel features colorful art surrounding select words from a page in this treated Victorian novel.

Tom Phillips. From A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel. Fourth Edition. London: Thames and Hudson, 2005. Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.

Tom Phillips’ A Humument is a true highlight of the Sackner Archive exhibition. To create one of the most renowned of all artists’ books, Phillips took copies of A Human Monument, a second-rate Victorian novel by W. H. Mallock, covering the pages with drawings and collages and leaving portions of the text visible to create an entirely new narrative. The work evolved through many iterations. The Sackners amassed a major collection of works and unpublished papers of Phillips, including many of the original modified pages of Mallock’s book that were reproduced to create A Humument.

– Timothy Shipe, Curator, International Dada Archive

A page from this altered novel features colorful art surrounding select words from a page in this treated Victorian novel.

Tom Phillips. From A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel. First Edition. London: Thames and Hudson, 1980. Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.