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A Humument, an oracle of love and life: a diversion of chance and change.

Combining the 367 full-colour pages of Tom Phillips’ artist’s book, the treated Victorian novel A Humument, with an interactive oracle function, this App displays the luminous artwork in a fun and highly accessible way. The App version updates with new pages, often in advance of their printed publication.

Using a chosen date and a randomly generated number the oracle will cast two pages to be read in tandem. You may receive direction, encouragement or warning. The Find wheel spins through the book to quickly navigate the pages visually and find your favourites. Email your personal choices or oracle reading to friends. Sharekit supports image posts to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook direct from the App.

I found this book (or rather, it found me) when I was not quite thirty and have worked on it constantly ever since. It beckoned me on as it yielded strange words and provoked new images and told the fragmentary tale of Irma and Bill Toge. Now I am well over seventy and still revisiting and revising its pages, I find further layers of hidden texts and buried messages. Like the I Ching, the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, chance pairs of pages, taken together and interpreted, act as a guide and cryptic commentary on life in word and picture; a not-too-serious oracle which I now share with you.

Tom Phillips © 2012


Oracle function
Find wheel
Post images to Email | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter direct from the App.
Zoom into pages
52 completely new unpublished pages to date

ARTIST: tomphillips.co.uk
A HUMUMENT: humument.com
TUMBLR: tomphillipshumument.tumblr.com

iPad version release 2010, update 2011
iPhone 3 & 4 versions also available

What's New

Version 1.06

-15 new full colour pages: 65, 119, 136, 146, 161, 171, 186, 190, 200, 231, 244, 249, 287, 305, 354
- Recompiled against latest sdk for improved stability
- Revised error reporting and error managment
- New retina supported UI
- Updated Bio, links from Bio now render in usable browser
- New navigation toolbar functionality
- New icon set for retina displays
- Numerous other fixes / improvements to general code

Ratings and Reviews

Wow -- please update.


An amazing book, and a slick app -- for 2012. This could really do with an update for retina quality reproductions. I'd also like to be able to see the original pages side by side with the fantastic paintovers.

Please update


Wonderful app wonderful book. But please update.

This is a must have app


If you are interested in any way in art, literature or creativity this app is beautiful, inspirational and to be revisited time and time again. I have the book but this app on the iPad pings The Humument into life, shining light onto details I had overlooked previously.
The oracle part of the app is tremendous fun. And you can email the results. A delightful addition.
I highly recommend this app. Worth every penny.


Tom Phillips
230.2 MB
Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, German
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Tom Phillips © 2010


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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