Published in 1969, this is an important sourcebook on the development of modern typography. It is an introduction to what led up to the new concepts in graphic design, and makes clear that modern typography does not have its origins in the conventional printing industry but is entwined with 20th-century painting, poetry, and architecture. It is an inspiring book.
This book (Ship to Europe, not translated into English), an almost abstract story of the transatlantic crossing of the ship Andrea Doria, was published in Switzerland in 1957. It struck my eye when I saw it that year in a bookshop. Designed by Karl Gerstner, the book has a striking typographic structure, and is one of the best early examples of the inspiring Swiss direction in graphic design. It was of great importance for my own development as a graphic designer.