Broken Manual Special Edition by Alec Soth - Signed Book and Print – Magnum Photos

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Special Edition of 300 copies. Softcover 21 cm x 29.7 cm, housed in its own unique book-safe, with a signed and numbered Alec Soth photograph and a small booklet.

Created over four years (2006-2010), Alec Soth’s newest book represents a significant departure from his previous publications. Entitled ‘Broken Manual,’ Soth investigates the places in which people retreat to escape civilization. Soth photographs monks, survivalists, hermits and runaways,but this isn’t a conventional documentary book on life “off the grid.” Instead, working with the writer Lester B. Morrison, the authors have created an underground instruction manual for those looking to escape their lives.

It is common for artists to follow up the publication of their books with ‘Special Editions,’ but in the case of Broken Manual, this edition is being presented first. Made in an edition of 300, Soth calls this the ‘Ideal Edition’ of Broken Manual. Each copy of the book is housed inside of another, one-of-a-kind book. These signed and numbered ‘shell’ books are unique and cut by hand. Inside the shell, there is also a small booklet entitled ‘Liberation Billfold Manifest’ and an 8×10” print signed and numbered by Alec Soth and Lester B. Morrison.

Print and book. Signed and numbered by Alec Soth. Print signed and numbered by Alec Soth and Lester B. Morrison

Book & Print Condition

Contents Fine (Book, Print, etc), housed in a used, reworked, “Booksafe” (as intended by the artist) with smudges and signs of handling (NB: wear to cases are inherent to production of the edition as planned by the artist)

  • Special Editon of 300 copies
  • Format: Softcover, housed in its own unique book-safe
  • Publisher: Steidl / Little Brown Mushroom
  • Publication year: 2010
  • ISBN: 978-2952410212

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Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.

Exclusively available in a very limited quantity, this rare book has been specially sourced for the Magnum Shop.


Special Edition of 300 copies. Softcover 21 cm x 29.7 cm, housed in its own unique book-safe, with a signed and numbered Alec Soth photograph and a small booklet.

Created over four years (2006-2010), Alec Soth’s newest book represents a significant departure from his previous publications. Entitled ‘Broken Manual,’ Soth investigates the places in which people retreat to escape civilization. Soth photographs monks, survivalists, hermits and runaways,but this isn’t a conventional documentary book on life “off the grid.” Instead, working with the writer Lester B. Morrison, the authors have created an underground instruction manual for those looking to escape their lives.

It is common for artists to follow up the publication of their books with ‘Special Editions,’ but in the case of Broken Manual, this edition is being presented first. Made in an edition of 300, Soth calls this the ‘Ideal Edition’ of Broken Manual. Each copy of the book is housed inside of another, one-of-a-kind book. These signed and numbered ‘shell’ books are unique and cut by hand. Inside the shell, there is also a small booklet entitled ‘Liberation Billfold Manifest’ and an 8×10” print signed and numbered by Alec Soth and Lester B. Morrison.

Print and book. Signed and numbered by Alec Soth. Print signed and numbered by Alec Soth and Lester B. Morrison

Book & Print Condition

Contents Fine (Book, Print, etc), housed in a used, reworked, “Booksafe” (as intended by the artist) with smudges and signs of handling (NB: wear to cases are inherent to production of the edition as planned by the artist)

  • Special Editon of 300 copies
  • Format: Softcover, housed in its own unique book-safe
  • Publisher: Steidl / Little Brown Mushroom
  • Publication year: 2010
  • ISBN: 978-2952410212

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.