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Hardcover: 213 pages
Publisher: verlag arthur niggli
Language: German
ISBN-10: –
ISBN-13: –
Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.9 x 1.5 cm
Release Date: 1957

Author: Markus Kutter
Design: Karl Gerstner

kutter’s story is an experimental novel about a journey from new york to europe on the liner “andrea doria” which actually sank before the book was finished as mentioned in the afterword. the book is primarily known for its experimental design by gerstner that won a “most beautiful swiss books” award.

the halftitle page is rather surprising: the cut-up letters mark a “deconstructivist” style already beyond the classic swiss typography of the 1950s. it is related to gerstner’s art, e.g. his modular multiples which could be recombined by the user.

the book is also a kind of hommage to the sans-serif typefaces akzidenz-grotesk (used for the bigger, hand-set sizes) and monotype grotesque (used for the machine-set copy). the many different sizes and weights make some pages almost look like a type specimen catalogue. five years later gerstner explained in another book why he loves akzidenz-grotesk so much.
text via wiedler.ch

‘Integration of typography and language means that the typographic images optically orchestrates the play and harmonizes the various stylistic instruments used by author; novel, reporting, theatre play, news paper, etc’
Karl Gerstner
Basel 1956
via typography today

マルスク・クッター著「ヨーロッパ行きの船」。ありとあらゆるタイポグラフィの叡智が込められた本書のデザインはカールゲルストナーによるものです。


「タイポグラフィの言語の統合とは、内容を視覚的に編曲することだ。
イメージは響き始め、作者によって使われる様々な様式の楽器(小説、レポート、戯曲、新聞などに)に調和する」
カール・ゲルストナー

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