Because of my book title, I instinctively typed in the term `columns` in the Xenotheca.
The first book that was listed for me was an essay on architecture by Laugier. This was published in 1753, sometime after my book. In it, he discusses the `faults` of well-known aspects of Renaissance and post-Renaissance architectural practice. Among others, also columns. Examples of such `faults` for columns he listed include “embedding in the wall”, the use of pilasters, the wrong entasis (swelling of the column) and placing columns on pedestals. He questions and restates certain aspects. It also contrasts with my book. I found this other point of view very interesting. After I had an overview, I continued my search in Alice.
For Alice`s brain I chose the Xenotheca library and for the topic of conversation, I entered architecture. Then firstly, I searched for `columns Laugier`. Various books and authors were listed. After reading a few, I found one very interesting. This was `Vidler – The writing of the walls` in which was described, that Laugier denied that he das `Reduced architecture to almost nothing`. He rather had taken away the superfluous, leaving only the natural in all its simplicity. Therefore, the architect was encouraged to work with more precision and discipline.
The second Book was written by Sebastiano Serlio on Architecture Volume 1. I have not only chosen it, because of the already heard of name, also because he describes the rules of design language (geometry/ perspective/ proportions/ form, etc.). A difference I noticed, is that Serlio uses more geographic images/ drawings to show his point of view. They were kept very clear and minimalistic. This simplicity reminded me of my found in Alice. It was mentioned above by Laugier in Vidler`s book.