I chose the books to make a comment on by searching through the blog with keywords. I than compared the books I chose with my own book by highlighting similarities but also differences between the books.
Comment 1 on “Argument_08” by Dilara Baysal:
Since the book “The villas of the ancients illustrated” by Robert Castell, which I got for the assignment “Friends with an Old Book”, deals with Roman villas and your book (De gli obelischi di Roma) also deals with Roman architecture, I chose this one for the fourth assignment and decided to write a comment on it.
Similar to my book, de gli obelischi di Roma can also be used as a manual for a particular architecture. Unlike my book, however, your book has no illustrations to support the written words, which is an essential part of my book. My book is written in Latin and English, while your book is written in Italian. The authors lived in two different times, but still published a very similar book for their respective niches (in one case for roman villas and in the other for roman columns).
Comment 2 on “Argument_27” by Enos Eggenschwiler:
My book “The villas of the ancients illustrated” by Robert Castell is about Roman villas in Italy. Just like your book “The two rules of the practical perspective”, it is divided into two main chapters, whereas in Robert Castell’s book two different villas are considered. Both books are accompanied by illustrations that work alongside the text. They are an essential part of the two books.
Although my book is much larger in format than “The two rules of the practical perspective”, both books serve as textbooks rather than as reading for the road. Some of the techniques described in your book can be found in the illustrations of Robert Castel. There is a gap of almost 100 years between the publication of the two books, with your book being published earlier. It leaves open the question of whether or not it would be realistic for Robert Castell to have actually drawn inspiration from Ignatio Danti’s book.