- Hardcover: 108 pages
- Publisher: Bulfinch Press / Little Brown and Company; 1st edition (October 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821227696
- ISBN-13: 978-0821227695
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.8 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Morells lens. Includes a lovely preface by Nicholson Baker. Perfect for any book enthusiast. (52 duotone photographs) --J.P. Cohen
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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.
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And now, there is this 'book of books...' timeless again...
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.