The first edition of this book was published in 1978!
At that time, probably only a handful of people knew the term origami. We all owe much to Akira Yoshizawa (1911-2005). He started modern origami. This small but fine book from the beginnings of origami is still recommended, not just for beginners.
Yoshizawa shows 16 charming models: beak, dog’s head, bird, tulip, Hina doll, tadpole, seesaw, hat, goldfish, elephant, crab, snail, water lily, Santa Claus, Santa’s hat, and Santa’s mask.