How to See : A Guide to Reading Our Man-Made Environment, George Nelson (1977-2013)

Originally published in 1977, more than a guide to visual appreciation, this is a book about how to recognize, evaluate, and understand the objects and landscape of the man-made world.

The edition from 2013 has images in full color. Still, I prefer the newer edition from Phaidon because the layout is much more functional and cleaner.