Andreas Albrecht was a German mathematician and engineer. He was the inventor of multiple instruments. He doesn’t really have a design approach rather than a proportional approach.
Instrument zur Architectur
Damit die fünff Seülen auch aller Sorten Stück und Morsser, sowol allerley Bilder und der gleichen Sachen leicht und recht proportionirt zu vergrössern oder zu verkleinern seindt. The Title shows the sort of Mass production of the columns durning that time. It wants to cath the reader by how easy it is to draw columns.
It was written in 1622
The book is structured in two chapters. Containing the description and use of the instrument. For both chapters there are illustrations and text for explanation. It could well be that the book was thought to be used while working on a project as a guideline.
The illustrations are very clear, and the help lines are still there to show the reader how the columns can be constructed. The first illustrations are skillfully done and summarize the content of the book.
It’s a small book of 35 pages that’s extremely fragile. It makes the impression to be a handbook for everyday use. The book is quite straight to the point, which shows that the Author wanted a very fact based guide book on how to use his instrument.
There are blank pages which at first, I thought was special. But I think ist for the reader to draw. If this theory is right, it would be quite a modern approach to educational books.
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There are multiple points in which the book „Kurzgefasste Einleitung zur Perspectiv“ and „Instrument zur Architektur: Damit die fünff Seülen auch aller Sorten Stück und Morsser, sowol allerley Bilder und der gleichen Sachen leicht und recht proportionirt zu vergrössern oder zu verkleinern seindt“ are similar. The first one is the purpose of this book. Even though the topics discussed in these two books are not exactly the same, both books act as a handbook for their individual contents. An other similarity is the size of the books. Both books are relatively small so they can be carried around and help architects in their daily work. Further there are drwaings and illustrations which try to help the reader grasp the discussed subjects better. Both books are written in German.