Since my book is about the five orders of Vitruvius I started with the searching word “five orders of architecture”. For Alice’s brain I chose Xenotheka.
The first result that appeared was the book Modern Architectural Theory written by Harry Francis Mallagrave. The website lead me directly to the whole book which has more than 500 pages. While scrolling through the book I noticed view similarities with my book (Regola delli cinque ordini d’architettura by Vignola) but I had the impression that the topics weren’t quite the same. The book treats different epochs of architecture. What I found very interesting in relation with my book is that the book bases on the theories of famous architectural lecture such as Vignola’s but also Alberti’s and Palladio’s.
In relation to Mallagrave I found another book that was more similar to Vignola’s and is a predecessor of Modern Architectural Theory. In Mallagraves Architectural Theory Vitruvius’ principles are treated more in depth. I found this book more interesting in relation to Vignola’s because it treats Vitruvius’ books of architecture and it treats the theories of Palladio, Serlio and Vignola more in depth and has a chapter for each author.
Since my book bases on the different kinds of columns (Doric, Ionian, Corinthian, Tuscan and Composite) I used “rules of columns” as searching term.
As a result I bumped into Rem Koolhaas’ book Elements of architecture. I found this book very interesting in relation to Vignolas’ because it also treats different elements of a building such as Vignolas’ focus on the columns. The book also has many pictures also very detailed ones. There is more text than in Vignola’s book and more topics such as facade, floor plans and typologies are treated, while Vignola’s book only treated the column types according to the five orders.
Lastly I searched for “Sebastian Serlio” since he is a role model for Vignola’s works.
I found the book called Architectural Theory from Vitruvius to the present from Hanno-Walter Kruft. In this book all common names such as Alberti, Serlio, Palladio and of course Vignola and Vitruvius come up again. The book treats Vitruvius’ principles which I find in relation to Vignolas’ work very interesting because it also criticizes the work of these architects and authors.