The title of the book is “Il Nuovo Splendore delle fabriche in prospettiva di roma moderna”. Translated it means „The New Splendour of Buildings through the Perspective of Modern Rome.“ I have difficulties to grasp the exact meaning of this title, but if I had to guess, I would say the book is about this new set of magnificient and grande buildings, which had just emerged from Rome‘s grounds. Knowing the rough context of how their way of thinking was like, this so-called „Splendour“ refers to the modern roman iteration or attempt to build according to the principles of architecture of antiquity, since it was seen as the most complete, graceful and of utmost beauty. Not to forget, the total opposite was embodied by the Gothic architecture.
The book does not have a list of contents but is filled with detailed and elaborate drawings of roman buildings. Only one drawing is printed on each page with no print on its backside, most probably to avoid confusion and untidiness, since the prints on the other side of the page may have potentially been visible. Small descriptions and information like name, address, architect can be seen under the drawings however no further texts or explanations are given. So, I’d assume that this book was not primarily used as a tool of education, but rather seen as a collection and documentation, in a way an archive, of the buildings in Rome that have been erected according to the antique principles at that time. Nevertheless, through its detail, the drawings could hold educational value if you would try to analyze the structures more thorough.