Friends with an old book: Argument
V Columnae by Hans Blum
The content “V Columnae by Hans Blum printed in 1596 is still today among interesting and important approaches for architects. The Latin word “Columnae” is translated into German as “column”. The letter “V” stands for the Roman numeral five. Thus, one can interpret that the book is about architectural building elements. The five stands for the number of different columns that are presented. Thus, the work also consists of five chapters, which are arranged in Roman numerals and the columns presented and also analyzed.
To each text one finds a drawing. The representations are very exact. With hatching and shading, the images gain depth. They help the reader to better understand the text and have an idea of what the described architectural structure looks like.
The book does not have a noticeable thickness, however it is very large in size. The number five in the title as a chapter template is not very much compared to the average of other literatures. Also, the author Hans Blum has used thinner paper. Most of the work is filled with drawings and illustrations. Since these are very detailed, the author needed a lot of space to show them so that the reader can see them easily. In order to view the drawings in their entirety, some pages can be opened horizontally in the middle. The binding is closed with two fine ribbons.
The master Hans Blum lived from 1527 to 1562. Besides the famous book “V Columnae”, the artistic description of the use of the five columns, he also wrote a work called “Architctura antiqua”. It deals with the true and actual counterfactuals of several ancient buildings.