The full title of the book is: Le Theatre de l’Art de Charpentier, Enrichi de Diverses Figures, avec l’interprétation d’icelles, it was written by Mathurin Jousse. The book was published in 1650. The title suggests that it is about the art of carpentry, so it is a practically directed craft. It therefore focuses on practical work, with the theoretical content supporting the knowledge.
The book is divided into different chapters. The different chapters are labelled with Roman numerals. What is striking in the respective chapters is that the different text sections are all supported with different pictures and auxiliary constructions. This content is thus underlined with these representations, so that the people of that time could imagine something under these facts. So, it is also more understandable for us. The chapters are divided into the isolated constructions. Thus, the different construction steps are dealt with in detail in one chapter. The focus is clearly on the wooden constructions, I attribute this to the time, as this building material was most used in this region at that time with simpler construction. The various wood constructions, especially roof constructions, are shown. Examples of churches are used to show the constructions, the individual building elements are presented like this.
The format of the book is appropriate for its use, it is not too thick and heavy, so it is handy and can be transported well. This way, you can learn from the designs shown and apply them right on the spot.
The author, Mathurin Jousse, therefore wanted to convey the content as well as possible to the readership.