The text in “De la distribution des maisons de plaisance, vol. 1» by Jacques François Blondel is organized in just one column. The text is composed in rather thick frame which consists of one thick outer edge and a substantially thinner inner edge. The margins are on all sides 4 cm wide. All the headings, which have roughly a twice as big font size than the main text but still the same font, are placed inside this frame. The subheadings have the same font size but are written in italic letters. The paragraphs start with an initial.
The book contains 198 pages and 58 thereof are images. About a third of the images are perspective views which show the architectural pieces in context. There are also some depictions of ornamental details. Most of the images are architectural drawings and schematics that showcase the “right way” to build and design. The ornamental images are in-text, all the other images are full-page or foldout spreads which are scattered throughout the book. The images are labeled as following: In the top left corner it says which volume of the book and in which part in the book this image is and in the top right the image is numbered, and it says on which page the image is.
The images take up a lot of space, not just in the literal sense but also in context to the content. The book heavily relies on the images, which are described in the text. The organization of this book, with the many images and paragraphs which cover a wide range of topics, suggests, that this book serves a rather educational, academic study. Though it covers a lot of topics, this book isn’t very thorough, which leads me to think that this book is thought of as an introductory piece, which allows the reader to acquire a basic understanding for this certain profession.