The chosen spreads in presented above are excerpts of V Columnae by Hans Blum, from the edition printed in 1596 in Zurich. It’s a book dedicated to columns, that introduces the five orders in an easy and direct way. A first interesting thing to notice are the fold-out pages, as we can see in the first spread. We find these pages for each order, with a synthesis and measures of the columns.
The second spread shows a page of text. It’s paginated in a compact way and it is worth noting the particular type of alignment which decreases centrally at the bottom. My attention also fell on the title in which the author wishes the “kind reader happiness and salvation from god”.
Annexed to the synthesis of the orders there is a part containing illustrations of buildings. The drawings show examples on how columns can operate in buildings. I find it interesting that there is no text associated, the images are like placed in the void, as we can see in the third spread.