1 Carpenters' manuals - The Carpenter's Assistant by James Newlands (in fascimile by Studio Editions, 1990). The British Architect or the Builders Treasury of Staircases by Swan (1775).

2 Standard suppliers' catalogues - Domestic staircases are very much part of the 'bricolage' which governs house building on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK the leading components' suppliers for stairs are Richard Burbidge & Son Ltd, Botrea Stairs (Saxondell Ltd) and John Carr Joinery Sales Ltd, each of which produce almost identical catalogues.

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