The text in the book “Les Dix Livres d’Architecture de Vitruve” by Claude Perrault is block-like and usually divided into one column. There is space left for possible comments at the edge of the page, and the current chapter is also listed so that the reader can keep track of things.
The headings are centered and printed in a much larger and thicker font than the main text. Even the very first letter of a new chapter is clearly highlighted, so that it covers two lines, but the font remains the same. In general, it is a very legible font that runs through the whole book. Sometimes there are sentences that have been written in a font similar to the handwriting. These are always located between the title and the main paragraph. Words that the author wanted to emphasize have been printed in italics in the main text.
Throughout the book there are all kinds of illustrations. The most common and most space-consuming images are clearly the architectural drawings, as well as the perspective views, as they are of great importance. But there are also plenty of pictures that emphasize a particular detail. These are included in the text. There are no fold-out pages, but there is plenty of space for the pictures. Beside the small pictures with the details, the perspectives and pictures of buildings are presented on one side, if not even on two sides and are shown very detailed.
Throughout the book the pictures are more or less evenly distributed. There are no special conspicuous features. Neither do the illustrations have any special references nor are they numbered.
The book contains a lot of pictures, but nevertheless the text part is much bigger. The pictures are indispensable, because they have a great expressiveness and support the explanatory texts, so that the reader can not only imagine the descriptions, but also see them in front of him/her.