The first thing I typed into the explore/find field was the whole title from the book by Johann Christoph Bischof: Kurtzgefasste Einleitung zur Perspectiv. As Brain I selected Xenotheka and architecture as topic. Sadly Alice responded with zero results in the explore mode as well as in the find mode. Perhaps Alice responds only if it is in English, therefore I typed Brief introduction to perspective. This time there were 1257 results. As outcome were mostly theoretical works with a lot of text. There were books like “renaissance and baroque architecture” or the “modern architectural theory”, so I felt like these were very specific and not general and fundamental like the book from Christoph Bischof. Luckily I found the book “Elements of Architecture” by Rem Koolhaas. Christoph Bischof as text and architect as topic gave more or less the same results as the title. The next text was perspective. The outcome was big but I was still looking for some simple perspective drawings, which are an important part in the book from Bischof. I changed the topic to draw. Under 10000 results I found “The stones of Venice” by John Ruskin.
The two books to compare with my book, as mentioned above, are “Elements of Architecture” and “The stones of Venice”. The first one is from the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who represents the contemporary architecture. The book “Elements of Architecture” is much younger than the book “Kurtzgefasste Einleitung zur Perspectiv” from Bischof but both of them are current. Koolhaas describes and shows elements of architecture, par example a wall, in a highly specific and fundamental way with text and photos or drawings like Bischof in his book. But I feel like Koolhaas aims more the functional part and Bischof is more into the detailed presentation from these architectural elements.I have chosen the second book because of its sketches, which are also in the book from Chistoph Bischof. The art historian John Ruskin examines in his book “The stones of Venice” Venetian architecture in detail and discusses architecture of Venice’s epochs, and provides a general history of the city. So there is also a lot of historical background in this book what is rather less in the book from Bischof.