The structure of all five books is the same. In each book different objects are presented one after the other. First there are a few pages of text, describing the object and it’s historical background followed by engravings that represent the object.
The page margins are not uniform across the entire book, since some pages have been printed crooked. The layout of the text pages is exact, a rectangular frame. The title is centred at the top of the frame. Under the title is a line that goes from the left edge of the frame to the right one. Under the title, the page is divided into three equally large columns. Each column is delimited on both sides by a line. To the right of each column there is also a placeholder for margin notes. Before the description of the object there is a longer title at the top of the left column. This title is in a larger font than the rest of the text and stands in the middle of the column. The text begins with a large ornament letter and is divided into different sections. The font consists of regularly printed old letters, with a few exceptions; individual words somewhere in the middle of the text have been printed in a newer font. There is an ornament at the end of each text. Today we would call the text format block set while quotations are in the middle.
The majority of the engravings fill the page and represent the object and its surroundings. Mostly a perspective top or side view is shown, sometimes there are floor plans too. The author writes details of an object that have been deliberately omitted or added depending on how he thought the object may have looked like. Below each engraving there are two picture descriptions, one in German and one in English. They are in a different font than the text and in a smaller font size.
The content of the picture description fits exactly with the content of the preceding text and describes in great detail what can be seen in the pictures. It is therefore advisable to scroll forward a few pages while reading in order to be able to check the description on the pictures.