The Title of the book is in Italien „Lo inganno de gl’occhi“ which translated to English means The deception of the eye. It’s about Perspective and how the eye changes the view of a Building or even the surroundings. The subtitle gives further information „prospettiva pratica“ which means practical Perspective. The title gives a pretty good idea, to what we can expect in the book.
The list of contents is very intersting. It’s a very specific table of content and the chapters are organized very well. Nearly every page is described with one sentence in the list of contents. This gives the impression, that there is a lot to say but everything has a specific point of focus.
When going through the book, images appear in nearly very page. Since this Book is about perspectives and it’s deception which the eye makes, a lot of drawings explaining the perspective. The drawings itself are very detailed, with numerations and letters, which are then explained in the text nearby the illustration.The author gave a lot of importance to the sketches, since some of them occupy half of the page.
The book is a bit bigger than a normal size book. But since the materials of the book and the pages itself is more traditional and not so slim as book would be now, it appears bigger and thicker than it actually is.
The author of this book is Pietro Accolti, an Italian Cardinal. The interesting thing about the author is, that he wasn’t involved in any way with architecture. But since he had connections to popes and the church, which were in that time people with a lot of power, the buildings in which they lived and worked were also very monumental.