The dust jacket is somewhat marked on the side next to the cover, but the outer surface has only one or two minor marks. There is a 2mm tear at the bottom of the front of the dust jacket, which is also clipped. The page edges are lightly marked, but internally the book is in very good condition - clean, tight and unmarked.
In this volume, John Templer has written an historical analysis of one of the most basic and universal building elements: the stair. For the designer and the art and architectural historian, this volume treats the fascinating history of stairs and their immense influence on the art and science of architecture. It is illustrated with more than 100 photographs from around the world and views the literature on stairs (as well as ladders and railings and ramps) for Vitruvius to Venturi. Templer considers the whole play of meanings in the idea of the stair - as art object, as structural idea, as legal prescription, or as poetic fancy - making it clear that the stair is simultaneously an aesthetic, architectonic, ergonomic, and cultural element.