A Humument [p. 16 from Tetrad Press edition]. Tom Phillips. Tetrad Press. 1971.

A Humument [p. 16 from Tetrad Press edition].

Tetrad Press, 1971. Item #2003

Single page 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. printed on recto side only. The first printing of this extraordinary work was issued by Ian Tyson's Tetrad Press in a series of boxed pages, 1971–1976 (the complete edition comprises 367 pp.). "Influenced early on by William S. Burroughs' 'cut up' experiments, limited by an arbitrary budget of three pence, guided by propitious chance to Mallock's volume (which, by the happiest of coincidental ironies, is a novel pretending to be a discovered journal), and finally favored by the fact that A Human Document was found in a popular reprint version that might furnish additional copies, Tom Phillips' A Humument comes rationally, arbitrarily, fortuitously, gradually into existence just about the way everything in life does. It begins the way an epic ought: 'The following sing I a book, a book of art of mind art and that which he hid reveal I.'" (William H. Gass. Artforum Nov. 1996.)

A Humument is rightly considered by many to be among the most important and influential artists' books of the 20th century. The manuscript was acquired by the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.  Signed by the artist in pencil. Fine

Price: $100.00