The first word that I asked Alice, using the “Xenotheka Library” brain was “mistake” which I think is the main theme of our old book. The first thing of the ten thousand outputs that Alice put out was a Book about Schopenhauer and the Aesthetics of Creativity. As I didn’t see a direct connection to our book, I kept on scrolling. I quickly realised, that it would be very difficult to find connected Books, because it seemed to me that Alice would put out any Book with the word “mistake” in them, and that are somewhere about all of them.
The next brain I tried was the “Architecture Library” with the words “errors”, and to specify “construction errors”. The first few Books that appeared were the same with both terms. I found interesting, that there were a few books writing about American Cities, especially New York City.
“Observations upon Experimental Philosophy”, a book written by Margaret Cavendish, was the first book that I could connect to ours, not regarding the main theme, but rather the method used to write the book. As the title suggests, Cavendish writes about her observations on a specific topic. And I think that Teofilo Gallaccini does the same, but with a different intention. While Cavendish literally writes about her observations, and thus about her method of writing, Teofilo Gallaccini only uses the method of observations to write his book (at least I think so), not specifically mentioning it.
The second book I choose was: Semper, Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts or Practical Aesthetic. It is divided into a few parts, every part focussing on the aesthetics, the technical-historical aspects and the General-Formal aspects of different styles (for example textile art or ceramics). Regarding the division into parts, that focus on different aspects of the whole thing in the same way, this book could easily be compared to our old book, as Teofilo Gallaccini does the same.