Novissima Praxis Militaris, Johann Bernhard von Scheither
The Book is divided in seven chapters. Added to the seven chapters, there are few illustrations, few tables consisting numbers, and a prologue dedicated to intruding the content of the book to the reader.
One the first page, one can see the an illustration and the title of the book. To be seen are four men discussing plans of a fortification. Between them is a window with a nice view of fields with some riders. An interesting sidenote is that two of the men wear turbans. They could be Ottoman or Arabian. The other two look european.
On the next page there is an extended version of the title and the name and rank of the author, Johann Bernhard von Scheither. Then there is a three pages long prologue, dedicated to the reader, followed by a table of content. The table shows that there seven chapters and explains their content. It is concluded by a small decorative illustration. FInally before the first chapter begins, there is a short passage dedicated to some probably important names.
The first chapter the starts and from there on it’s mostly text, until the end of the book.One chapter follows the other and the only illustrative things are the first letters, which are unusually big and decorative. There are also few tables with distances, angles and letters, which are not easy to understand. The text is quite small and the pages are well filled, leaving not much unused space. At the end of the book there is just a page with some credits.
Illustrations or images do not seem to be of a massive importance for the author. The text is the main focus.The book discusses different aspects of a fortification and seem to be a kind of handbook on how to build good fortresses. It has an educational purpose.