The book has a simple structure.
The subtitles help the reader find their way around at the beginning. The first letter of a text section can be up to 10 lines long and has been artistically decorated. However, this was not included in the image descriptions or explanations for plans. The texts are always flush and compact. After the introduction and some important explanations comes the main part, in which the text only serves as a support for the meaningful illustrations. The sketches and plans are very precise and geometric. Most of the illustrations spread over the entire page of the book and are often only supplemented with a few sentences.
The book gives a good insight into how to design columns or ornaments from antiquity and what rules you have to follow. Thanks to the drawings, the implementation of the rules can be clearly recognized and used as the basis for your own projects.
Unfortunately, the font is not as helpful as the illustrations. It was written very small and concise, which makes reading exhausting. In addition, the execution of certain letters varies in 2 variants or they are too similar, so that deciphering is tedious and very exhausting.
The Adobe program also struggled with this and translated certain letters as lines or circles or even periods. And the letter “L” was even translated as 1, which made it impossible to continue working with this text. I typed some pages by hand and then translated it.