Henry Wotton: The Elements of Architecture
The book is divided in preface and two chapters, it has 142 pages.
The titles are set in a bigger type than the rest of the text – with the exception of the first letter of the following text, which is always set much bigger than all the other letters in the book. This bigger letter is always clad in an intricate ornament.
The preface is set in a slightly bigger type than the following (only) two chapters; it is set in cursive, while non-cursive lettering is used to emphasise certain words. Contrastingly, in the main two chapters of the text, the lettering is mainly non-cursive, with cursive being used (sparingly) to emphasise specific words. Thereby, the antagonism of preface and main text is articulated typographically. Also, the pages of preface and main text bear different numbering: roman numerals in the preface vs. arab numerals in the main text.
The last word of every page is repeated at the beginning of the following page. This is probably a sign for the typesetter to ensure that he puts together the pages of book in the correct succession.
There is a large frame on opposite sides of the folio. It is sometimes used for bibliographical annotations to the text, or to set quotations, but more often than not remains empty.
There are no architectural illustrations. However, the beginning of the first chapter (“part”) of the book boasts a small illustration above its title; two putti setting the scene by playing cembalo and viola respectively.
The organisations of text suggests that the book is more of an essay with a specific argument i.e. a text that tries to convince and entertain the reader more than instrct him dispassionately: movere and delectare instead of docere.