In “L’antichità di Roma” Andrea Palladio treats, in addition to the customary discussion of Roman topography – the city, its monuments and its buildings –, the political and social institutions of ancient Rome, and the customs and everyday life of the Roman people. He divided his thougts in 94 chapters, spread over only 39 pages. Most of them are very short and only a few sentences or even just words long. Each one discribes one specific impression of the topics mentioned before.
You can only find one illustration on the frotside of the book – the rest is covered in raw text. Just a small caligraphy of the first letter of the prologue pops out. But this part had been added later by the puplisher of the book and is not in the original volume of 1554 by Andrea Palladio (I read a the second volume of 1555).
The book in general is in decent conditions: there are no scratches and only some water drops. But still it has a very used look and the cover is very stiff, making it diffucult to open the book. This could also be a result of its small size: hight: 160mm, breadth: 13mm and width: 160mm (This comes close to standard format of an octodecimo)