Charles-Antoine Jombert’s book „Architecture Moderne“ is divided into two tomes which together contain six „livres“. The first one mostly contains text and few illustrations where as the second one is mostly containing illustrations and only little text (in the beginning of the book).
The left side of the first double page is showing an illustration of a pavilion (drawing by Lucas Sculp), the right side is covered by a frame in which the title of the book, the different „livres“, the author, tome, and time and place of the publication as well as a small illustration of two rings and leaves around them – serving as „cover“ of the book.
This frame – made of one thick line on the outer and a thinner one on the inner side- is being kept through the whole book, containing either text, illustrations or the two together. Only the name of the book „architecture moderne“, the page numbers and the title of the „livres“ for example „live V. des us et costumes“ are located outside the frame: centered in the middle of the page on top of the frame.
These „livres“ are further divided into short articles followed by an explanation of them. The titles are in capital letters, centered in the middle of the page whereas the text is written the usual way (small and capital letters, straight and in serif font), with some exceptions where they are in italic style. Generally speaking: the pages containing illustrations have little text and vice versa.
There’s a series of illustrations in the second part of the book which spans over approximately 500 pages. In order to being able to create bigger illustrations the author used pages twice the size of the books format that were being folded in the middle inviting the reader to unfold them. These drawings / prints show floor plans, facades as well as cross sections of buildings. The descriptions and titles – which are in contrast to the first part of the book inside the black frame- are written in swash letters.