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THE GAME OF THE CHESS.  (Chesse). DELUXE EDITION. by  William. Vincent Figgins.: CAXTON - First Edition - from Roger Middleton (SKU: 31961)

THE GAME OF THE CHESS. (Chesse). DELUXE EDITION.

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THE GAME OF THE CHESS. (Chesse). DELUXE EDITION.

by CAXTON, William. Vincent Figgins.:

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About This Item

London: John Russell Smith, 1855.. FIRST EDITION 1855 (date at bottom of last page, May1st 1855) of Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition. Reproduced in Facsimile from a Copy in the British Museum. With a Few Remarks on Caxton's Typographical Productions. The Type has been catefully imitated, and the cuts traced from the copy in the British Museum. the paper has also been made expressly as near as possible like the original. By Mr. Vincent Figgins. Large 8vo, approximately 290 x 210 mm, 11½ x 8½ inches, 24 half page woodcuts in the text, title page in red and black (a note at the bottom of the page states that there was no title page in the original edition), 167 facsimile unnumbered pages of the original Caxton edition, followed by 13 pages of Remarks and a list of Caxton's works, 1 page of Synopsis of Characters and Combinations used in "The Game of Chess", 1 page of A Tribute to the Memory of William Caxton plus 1 page of advert for Almshouses, bound in publisher's morocco with silver clasps and bosses in the style of the period by Egleton's, fleet street (there were 2 bindings, this is the most expensive at 3 guineas, the other being in calf at 2 guineas, see "A Tribute" at the end of book), expertly rebacked to style, title to spine, chess board patterned endpapers. Covers rubbed and scuffed, corners worn with board showing at tips, shelf wear to edges, 1 small repair to top inner margin of first page on the blank side,1 silver clasp replaced with a bronze one at sometime, occasional pale foxing, book-plate to first pastedown, otherwise a very good copy. Caxton's The Game and Playe of the Chesse does not, in fact, have much to say about the game or about playing it. First printed in 1474, then reprinted in 1482 with woodcuts added, it is instead a translation of Jacobus de Cessolis' thirteenth-century political treatise, the Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium ac popularium super ludo scachorum (The Book of the Morals of Men and the Duties of Nobles and Commoners, on the Game of Chess)". MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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Bookseller
Roger Middleton GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
31961
Title
THE GAME OF THE CHESS. (Chesse). DELUXE EDITION.
Author
CAXTON, William. Vincent Figgins.:
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
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Binding
Hardcover
Place of Publication
London: John Russell Smith, 1855.
Keywords
William Caxton early printing chess Jacobus de Cessolis politics incunable incunabula

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