The book “Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze, e luoghi publici della città” by Giovanni Battista Falda consists mostly out of illustrations. In total the book has 224 pages but only on 110 pages is something written or displayed. There are 105 illustrations and the book has approximately a A5 format. Furthermore, the pages very thick and so the book is really heavy. The book doesn’t have a table of contents. But it is parted in 4 chapters.
To english translated it’s called “The fountains of Rome in the squares and public places of the city”. The whole book consists of drawings with a small description from the place and the architect of the object on the drawing. Furthermore other water sources in this time and also gardens. There isn’t much text to describe them. This leads to the importance of the illustrations.
In my opinion the book by Giovanni Batista Falda isn’t meant to read. It’s meant to explore, to look at the images and to identify the details of the fountains in the city of Rome without travelling there.
Giovanni Battista Falda worked in Rome for Giovanni Giacomo de’Rossi (main series of views of Rome), who chose him out of Bernini’s studio at the age of 14 in 1657, and trained him as an architectural etcher.