The book Alcune opere d’architettura which waswritten and illustrated in the year of 1617 by Francesco Villamena is a collection of illustrations of the works and constructions of the Italian architect Lacomo Barotio from Vignola.
The overall organization of the book is very liberal with minimal structuring by having neither chapters nor any subtitles or sections, while additionally not having any page numbers. The only sort of organization in the book is the title page, on which the topic of the book is written out, after which all the illustrations are laid out, one after the other, without any numeration or categorization.
The total number of pages, counting front and back side, is 28 of which 12 are containing page-sized, very detailed and carefully drawn illustrations, usually not having any text or descriptions accompanying it. The backsides of these illustrated pages are left empty as the illustrations are made as copper engravings, which as such leave behind a slight deformation of the page.
The book is rather big in comparison to the standard book size of today, measuring 390mm in its length and 255mm width wise, while being about 10mm thick. With these generous sizes it would be considered as part of the category „Folio“ in the standard book sizes.