"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."
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 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 is the author of the novels The Mezzanine, Room Temperature, Vox, and The Fermata, and the nonfiction books The Size of Thoughts and Double Fold. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.