My book is called “Trattato di Teofilo Gallaccini sopra gli errori degli architetti” by Teofilio Gallacini and it was written in 1767. Because the book focused on the errors of architecture I typed in “errors”, then tried the terms “rules of architecture” and “geometry”. Depending on what search setting I used the results varied from ~800 to ~70. I also tried looking at the word clouds to check what topics the books take priority however I find that going after it with that method, you lose quite a bit of freedom.
After going through the search engine with the Find setting two books stood out to me which were: Van Eck, Eighteenth Century Architecture and Mallgrave, Modern Architectural Theory.
For the brains I first used the Xenotheka library for all keywords and tried to switch it up with the library of Rousseau’s. However I did not find any good results, of which I can draw parallels to my books. With the exception of one book called Perrault, Ordonnance for the five kinds of columns after the method of the ancients. Said book heavily focused on how columns are differentiated and other themes of ancient architecture. For example emperor traja, emperor nero, callimachus (who was a poet during 300 BC) and going as far as holding information of columns in ancient syria.
Both books discuss themes of ancient architecture and show how architect over the centuries have tried to recreate for example ertruscan temples or classical churches. While Van Eck focused more on the french language and Mallgrave leaned towards modern themes such as skycrapers, both of them often referred to Vitruvius and other sets of standards which have been set in time of renaissance or earlier.