A Book of Books

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A visual tribute to the printed word, this delicious ode to the book will be irresistible to anyone who treasures the feel of fine paper and the special allure of a clothbound volume.Abelardo Morell's elegant photographs of books are presented induotone reproductions, highlighting the grace and sensuality of theprinted page. Morell has selected unusual books, 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 ...

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Overview

A visual tribute to the printed word, this delicious ode to the book will be irresistible to anyone who treasures the feel of fine paper and the special allure of a clothbound volume.Abelardo Morell's elegant photographs of books are presented induotone reproductions, highlighting the grace and sensuality of theprinted page. Morell has selected unusual books, 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.He has photographed the endless ocean of books in a library and thestrikingly beautiful way in which weathered and water-damaged bookstake on sculptural form.

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Publishers Weekly
It's hard to imagine that innocent objects like a pile of dictionaries or the first page of A Tale of Two Cities would inspire sensual musings, but Morell's lush photographs of books do just that. With these 52 8" 10" duotones, Morell, who teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art, chronicles literary matter in its physical state at all stages of its existence: intense closeups of ink and paper fibers; sunlight falling in dots on a blank book's open pages; Escher-like details of impossibly angled landscape engravings; thick, water damaged volumes whose pages seem to undulate. "You're in the book," writes Baker, author of Vox and Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. Book-related quotations from Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Francis Bacon and others appear in large type on facing pages, filling out this splendid portrait of the book's life. (Oct. 12) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In a superb display of talent, renowned photographer Morell provides a magical experience for the bibliophile and soothing engagement for photography enthusiasts. Morell transforms everyday objects-book spines, pages, illustrations, typeface, and shelves-into memorable conduits of our long connection with reading and the book. This invigorating work reaffirms the importance of books and serves as a reminder of their fragile but enduring presence in our history and psyche. Nicholson Baker, author of the controversial Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, contributes a fitting preface; an engaging and beautifully written piece, it reveals the writer's sincere love for books. However, the stars of the volume are, undeniably, the books on which Morell focuses his camera. If they could talk, those books would thank him for rediscovering them and adding, through his genius, such grace and sentiment to the essence of their existence on the pages of yet another book. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821258149
  • Publisher: Bulfinch
  • Publication date: 11/8/2006
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Abelardo Morell was born in Cuba in 1948. His work has been exhibited and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and over forty other museums and institutions worldwide. He has been the recipient of several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993. Morell lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Nicholson Baker has published seven novels and four works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001, and The World on Sunday.

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