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A Book of Books Hardcover – November 8, 2006


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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A visual tribute to the printed word, this sumptuous ode to books will be irresistible to anyone who treasures the feel of fine paper and the special allure of a clothbound volume.

A BOOK OF BOOKS showcases Abelardo Morell's extraordinary photographs of unusual books, like an impossibly large dictionary, illustrated tomes whose characters appear to leap off the page, and water-damaged books that take on sculptural form. Bookish quotations by Hawthorne, Borges, Cocteau, and others accompany the photographs throughout. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1st Reduced-format Ed edition (November 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821258141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821258149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The trick of the tale is that this is a book that one does not even read!
D. B. Dillon
A wonderful book -- for both aficionados of photography and bibliophiles ... I am glad to have this in my library ...
P. Golden
And in placing these photographs together in this wonder-filled volume, Morell has created a great book of his own.
HEP

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Spritz on October 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What Morell achieves in "A Book of Books" is quite extraordinary. He takes a commonplace object -- the book, which you probably have at least several of around you right now -- and invites us to consider it as a rhapsodic, even a sacred object. The book as tower, the book as person, the book as metaphor for its contents...these are just a few of the associations that swirl throughout this lustrous volume. And while the tomes on your shelf may not be quite as grandiose or even comical as Morell's examples, each of your books is somehow related to his, which renders the photographs even more exciting. For anyone who enjoys the heft of a book in their hands, for anyone who likes to meander through bookstores, for anyone who cherishes gazing at photographs that distil the essence of something while hinting at something more mysterious, this book is a great gift.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2002
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Everything Abelardo Morell does is gorgeous but what makes him such a genius is the mudane things he works with. The only photographer I can compare him to is Josef Sudek.
Let's be honest. Anybody can go to a beautiful place like Yosemite or Big Sur, take a view camera and wait for nice light. Instant Ansel Adams; you can't miss unless you kick the tripod.
But how many people can make a heartbreakingly beautiful photograph from a crumpled ball of paper or some peeling paint? Get this book of books and you'll see what I mean.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By HEP on October 19, 2002
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Some of the photographs in Abelardo Morell's A Book of Books are of great books: A Tale of Two Cities, A Farewell to Arms, Alice in Wonderland. And in placing these photographs together in this wonder-filled volume, Morell has created a great book of his own. For like all great books, this one makes you see the familiar in new ways; offers layers upon layers of meaning; and pushes you to make connections among objects and ideas that sometimes appear to have little, if anything, in common. At the same time, it is a glorious book to look at, to sink into, again and again. If you love books, you'll love this one.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Percy on March 11, 2003
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When I first saw this book in a book store last December, and began looking through the pages, my eyes welled up with tears at the sheer poetry of the images. It was as if doors opened into other levels of awareness. When I put the book down, I realized that I had been looking at it for over an hour, and that's when I knew I simply needed to own it. Since then, the detail and depth of the images have provided a refuge from the news in the world today. There is still beauty and peace. Thank you, Abe Morell.
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A very insightful look into the world of books through photography.People who love bpoks for books sake,will relate to these photographs.There is simply no limit to what can be seen when looking at books,whether they be new or old,large or small,cheap or expensive,astute or trivial,common or obscure, pristine or damaged,
As the wolld watches the explosion of technology in book manufacturing into things such as e-books,it is obvious that the book as a personality unto itself will endure.
Whether one picks up and holds a book like the Holy Bible,,Ulysses,Mein Kampf,Alice in Wonderland,a dictionary,or whatever;one immediately senses that book's personality.
After spending time with this book,one will start seeing books entirely differently.A book that has been sitting in the same spot on a library shelf for years,a pile of books sitting with rubbish,a stack of books that have been damaged by floods or fires,;all have a personality that begs to be appreciated.
What this book does is to open one's eyes to the the personality of books as books.
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By D. B. Dillon on February 16, 2009
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One book leads to another. I started with Kertesz' 'On Reading' the book I would choose if I were to have but one book; the book of which I had many paperback copies, which as soon as I saw the reissue in hardback, I began to buy, one for myself, one for my neice's 40th bday, one for my god-daughter turning 21. The trick of the tale is that this is a book that one does not even read! just the reading of the photographs, the moments captured in time, so that we the observer may time travel to those moments and thus be timeless.

And now, there is this 'book of books...' timeless again...
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We can all agree the Morell's work is fascinating and beautiful. I recently was lucky enough to be able to attend a screening of the documentary film Shadow of the House - Photographer Abelardo Morell.

Filmmaker Allie Humenuk shot Morell at home and abroad for over 7 years. The film is absolutely beautiful, and it honestly depicts the artist and the artistic process.

Check out the website at [...] You can purchase the film online via this site.
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I saw the work of this photographer recently at Chicago's Art Institute. It was vast and every single photo was great. Lots of different subject matters and varied approaches and techniques. This book is more focused. Its on the materiality of books, the sensuousness of books and how the covers and the sizes and the agedness and the wood pulp itself can tell a story.
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