Jombert’s „Architecture Moderne“ was published in 1764 in Paris as a revised edition of Claude Jombert’s „Architecture Moderne“ published in 1728.
The general subject is the design and construction of houses for the wealthy upper class. In contrast to other theory books that were written around that time Jombert does not pay attention to the topic of the orders of columns and therefore the problems of proportion and ornaments, but rather the material that refers to practical design and construction problems.
The book is divided in six thematically assorted „livres“: general construction, stairs, estimate of costs, construction of the roof, distribution of rooms, use and habits of the building and the distribution of rooms, . These are further divided into chapters. Since they contain such a large number of pages, they are distributed into II tomes. The physical version of the book available at the ETH library is tome I.
In total Jombert’s „Architecture Moderne“ (tome I) consists of 250 pages.
Since I did not take a ruler with me I was unable to capture the exact measurements of the book. I’d estimate it to be a bit larger than a DIN A4; hence about 350x250mm. I’d describe it as a traditional standard format. The 250 pages contain mostly text and only few illustrations. Each front page of the „livres“ is showing an image and at the back of the book there are about 20 folding pages containing roughly ten to twenty illustrations each.