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'How to Destroy a Book: Tom Phillips’s A Humument' Tom Phillips, who died earlier this week, had a long and distinguished career as a visual artist. He was a member of the RA and only the second living artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. His most lasting achievement might actually be a book, however. A Humument was his 50-year project to creatively deface a second-hand novel, which went through many editions and iterations. As much as anything, A Humument was a long-standing experiment and investigation into the nature of books and bookishness. In a tribute to Tom, this talk discusses the work’s evolution and legacy, but and also its significance from the perspective of book history and the scholarship of material texts.
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The Book & Print Initiative was founded in 2017 to bring together scholars of books, printed material, and printing, at all career stages, across the School of Advanced Study (SAS).