Using “Ask Alice” as a starting point for a preliminary search, I searched for similar content through the title of my book (“Reigles générale d’architecture”). To filter through the many listings which resulted from this search, I chose to narrow my scope of research on the books which contained Jean Bullant’s name in their context description. The first book which caught my attention was “Drawing after Architecture” by Carolyn Yerkes. This book surrounds the nature of architectural evidence with the purpose of discovering how Renaissance architects made use of illustartions to inspect structures, create biographies and write history. The correlations between Yerkes’ “Drawing after Architecture” and the “Reigles générale d’architecture” are imminent.
Throughout his book, Bullant utilized various illustrations to visualize the contents he is describing. They make up a significant part of the book, sometimes covering a whole page and are greatly detailed. The importance of illustrations is not only demonstrated by the sheer size and frequency these illustrations occur in, but are also supported in detail by the text. This is similarly reflected in Yerkes’ piece, which has its primary focus on illustrations as architectural evidence during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The second book I found the same way by finding Bullants Name in the little text below the author and title. Robert Borks “Late Gothic Architecture” also had several overlaps with Bullant’s work. In chapter 7 (Purge and Extinction—1525 to 1575) of Borks book he describes how the Gothic tradition lost its longstanding position of leadership in European architectural culture. He explains how the main reason for this revolutionary development was the spread of Renaissance architectural theory through the publication of illustrated architectural treatises. Since Bullants book is an illustration-heavy book of that particular time period (1525-1575) the relevance and connection between the two is apparent.