The book “Cours d’architecture” was written by Augustin-Charles d’Avelier, a French architect. He went to Rome, where he learned a lot of the architecture and their architects. The full title of the book gives us the information, that the topic of the book is about the orders of Vignole, an architect of Rome, and his comments, illustrations and descriptions of his most beautiful buildings and the ones of Michelangelo. The book also talks about instructions, commandments and several new designs for distribution and decoration in relation to: material and construction of buildings, masonry, carpentry, roofing, locksmithing, carpentry, gardening and in general everything that concerns the art of building.
The first section of the book is an introduction, the life of Augustin-Charles, geometry, the five orders, etc. In the next section the principles of geometry and the five orders are explained in examples. For example, how the principles of architecture works on windows or stairs.
The book contains a good number of images, in which different things get compared to each other or in which the things are illustrated in a simplified way.
The book is thick as it has 616 pages, but the layout on the pages has a large rim. This also shows that the topic covers a wide range and there could’ve been even more pages.
The book is like a course in architecture like the title says and it’s summarizing the architecture and the orders of Vignole and Michelangelo. It shows the impact of architecturein different areas.