The book Vitruvius Britannicus was written by Colen Campbell. It consists mostly of Illustrations and drawings and very little text. The drawings take up the space of two pages (sometimes only one) and were drew with great care. They are without any exceptions the ground plans and elevations of great public buildings across great britain, mostly public but also some great private ones as well. The illustrations were all drew in the same manner, with different amount of lines in a space as a simulation of shadow. Most buildings were depicted as ground plan and elevation with a short description of the building and its function or background.
The pages have no special margin as such, and the writing is mostly cursive. Every illustration also contains a scale. The font size differs depending on if it is a description or the name of the building or a new title (for example the volume).
There is some writing in the book and it consists of a list of subscribers, the introduction at the beginning of the book and explanations and descriptions of the buildings in summaries together. In total the images occupy a way greater part of the book as opposed to text. The images are not numbered.
In my opinion the book acts more as a lexicon or a handbook more than anything else, because it doesn’t go into depth about any of the building but serves more as an overview of all the great public and private buildings in Great Britain. Each building has its illustrations, name, scale and a very short description. In general you could say that the images are very spacious, sometimes using more than 2 pages for one building.
The first two pages prior to the introduction are written the most prolific, very extravagant and space taking. The introduction itself is very basic. To the end of the book there are also various schematics of whole compounds which should have been built originally.