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Abelardo Morell Brookline, MA, United States

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A Book of Books
by Abelardo Morell
Publisher's Description
A visual tribute to the printed word, this delicious ode to the book won awards and critical praise when first published in an oversized format in 2002.

Now in a smaller gift book format, Morell's elegant photographs of books highlight the grace and sensuality of the printed page. Unusual books are featured, like a leather-bound volume that is smaller than a paper clip, an impossibly large dictionary, and illustrated books whose characters appear to leap off the page. Morell has photographed the endless ocean of books in a library and the strikingly beautiful way in which weathered and water-damaged books take on sculptural form.
Amazon.com Review
Although we may have been taught not to judge a book by its cover, photographer Abelardo Morell reverses the old saying and delightfully shows us how to relish a book by its look. This inventive and clever photographic ode to the printed word captures all the powerful possibilities contained on the page. A Book of Books gives us images that range from formal studies of shape and texture to the joyously whimsical.

Most luminous are the sculptural renditions, fluid pages curving over their spines like majestic mountains in the distance. The abstract pattern of a dictionary takes on the enigmatic characteristics of crop circles, while a water-damaged book shows itself as a twisted organic form. An aging book slowly decays in a stark image of paper so fragile it has practically turned to dust. Library stacks seen from above become a labyrinth through Morell’s lens. Includes a lovely preface by Nicholson Baker. Perfect for any book enthusiast. (52 duotone photographs) --J.P. Cohen

ISBN: 0821258141
Publisher: Bulfinch
Hardcover : 107 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
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