The Book les édifices antique de Rome by Antoine Baboubty Desgodets starts with an epistle which is written in rather curvy letters and is about one and a half pages long. After the epistle Desgodets starts with the foreword which is written in quite small block letters and stretches over about three and a half pages. After the foreword we find a list of the chapters. Every chapter discusses one building of the antique Rome.
As the book is about the description and measurement of antique buildings there are a lot of drawings in it. There are a lot of views, floor plans and detail drawings for example of capitals and ornaments. The drawings are entitled with what exactly they show. The drawings also include notes such as measurements. As these drawings are very important for the content of the book they are very big and readable. They usually occupy a double side or one full page. They are scattered throughout the book, so all the drawings which belong to the Chapter “Pantheon” are spread in the chapter. The drawings are numbered but I couldn’t find something such as a list of contents. As the focus in the book is on the drawings and measurements that Desgodets took in the time he was in Rome, they take a lot of space. Nearly every second page shows a drawing. The book has around 416 pages (some of them are left plain) and 137 drawings.
Les édifices antique de Rome is an academical study in which one can find very exact measurements and drawings of the buildings of antique Rome.