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Scacchia Ludus: Or, The Game of Chess. A Poem by Vida, Marcus Hieronymus, Bishop of Alba [Marco Girolamo Vida]. English translation by W. Erskine. The Pastorals translated by Mr. Craig

London: A. Millar, 1736. 219 pp., includes both the fold-out frontispiece and the portrait of the author. Boards detatched but present; well-worn, old tape marks. Front board with a chipped free endpaper taped to it; a bookplate on pastedown. Chipping to ...

From S.C. Sumner

$1,295.00


Ca. 1817 Chess and Backgammon set, in box made to imitate a two volume folio set and W. Lewis' 2 volume Oriental Chess (1817) by CHESS; BACKGAMMON; W. Lewis

London: J. M. Richardson, 1817. Hardcover. Very Good. Leather-backed boards with marbled foredges with original hinges, bound to imitate a 2 volume folio set of leather bound books. With all 32 original wooden chess pieces (and two extras), and 28 backg...

From Common Crow Books

$1,280.00


Seven Hundred Chess Problems by Baird, Mrs William James (Edith Elina Helen Wood) [1859-1924]

unpaginated (418) with frontispiece portrait and column diagrams. Quarto (11 1/4" x 8") issued in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and decorative gilt cover, page ends in gilt, decorative flower gilt end papers, beveled edges. The text is printed i...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$1,200.00


The City of London Chess Magazine, Volume I by Potter, William Norwood (1840-1895) [editor]

[i-ii]-314+[2 ad] pages with diagrams. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in black cloth with original wrapper laid on front cover, faded label to spine. Volume I. Edited by W N Potter with the cooperation of H E Bird, J H Blackburne, B Horwitz, J Lowen...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$1,200.00


The Celebrated Analysis of the Game of Chess, Translated from the French of A D Philidor; with Notes and Considerable Additions, including Fifty-Six New Chess Problems by Walker, George (1803-1879)

xxxiii+[2]+251 pages with diagrams. Small octavo (7" 4 1/2") bound in original pebbled cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:495) First edition.George Walker (13 March 1803 – 23 April 1879) was an English chess ...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$1,200.00


Chess in Icelandic Literature with Historical Notes on other Table-Games by Fiske, Daniel Willard (1831-1904)

ix+400 pages with frontispiece, one illustration and diagrams and index. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 6 3/4") bound in original brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Betts: 6-33) First edition.Also published in New York, Stechart, 1915. Includes an account...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$1,000.00


A treatise on the game of chess : containing a regular system of attack and defence, also numerous rules and examples, teaching the most approved method of playing pawns at the end of a game : To which is added, a selection of critical and remarkable situations, won or drawn by scientific moves by SARRATT, Jacob Henry

1808 1ed CHESS Games Strategy Rules for Checkmate Opening Pawn Sarratt RARE Jacob Henry Sarratt was a notable 18th-century English chess-master known for his treatise on the game of Chess. In addition to this manual on game play and strategy, he was influ...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books

$750.00


Volgarizzamento del libro de' costumi e degli offizii de' nobili sopra il giuoco degli scacchi di frate Jacopo da Cessole : tratto nuovamente da un codice Magliabechiano. by CESSOLIS, Jacobus

1829 Cessolis Book of CHESS Italian Nobility Ludo Scachorum Games Social Classes Jacobus de Cessolis was a 13th-century Italian author who published a book that was nearly as popular as the Bible – a book on the customs of noble Italian men or, 'The Boo...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books

$550.00


Das Internationale Schachmeisterturnier in Karlsbad 1907 by Marco, Georg (1863-1923) and Carl Schlechter

vii+426 pages with frontispiece and 3 other plates, diagrams and tables. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") issued in yellow wrappers with black lettering to spine and front wrapper. (Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5284) First edition.There were 4 famous Carlsbad tournamen...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$500.00


Practical chess grammar: or, an introduction to the royal game of chess, in a series of plates: designed to instruct the learner, remove the difficulties of this elegant and scientific game, and render it attainable by the lowest capacity by KENNY, William Stopford

1818 Practical CHESS Grammar Kenny Instruction Game Strategy Rules Illustrated William Kenny was an accomplished chess player and teacher, as well as the author, editor, or compiler of numerous instructive books, including this popular manual, 'Practical...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books

$499.00


Practical chess exercises intended as a sequel to the practical chess grammar; containing various openings, games, and situations ... for the use of those who have already a knowledge of the game. by KENNY, William Stopford

1818 Practical CHESS Exercises Kenny Instruction Game Strategy Rules Illustrated William Kenny was an accomplished chess player and teacher, as well as the author, editor, or compiler of numerous instructive books, including this popular manual and its c...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books

$499.00


Are there any? A chess problem book. (Signed) by Anderson, G[erald] F[rank]

Stroud, Glos: Stroud News and Journal, [1958]. First printing. Hardcover. Good+. Duodecimo in green cloth with gilt spine and front board. pp 149. Signed and inscribed by the author on the ffep: "To A. F. Downey Jun. [?] with / best wishes from / Gerry ...

From The Libriquarian, IOBA

$445.50


The Chess-players' Manual by GOSSIP, George Hatfield D

1888 1ed Chess Players Manual Strategy Game Checkmate Lipschutz George Gossip "The Chess Player's Manual" contains a comprehensive and exhaustive analysis of all the openings both regular and irregular, and illustrated games between the greatest masters ...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books

$399.00


Studies of chess: containing A systematic introduction to the game [by Peter Pratt] And, the analysis of chess [by A.D. Philidor], with original comments and diagrams. by PHILIDOR, Francois Andre Danican.; PRATT, Peter

1825 Studies of CHESS Philidor & Pratt Strategy Rules Instruction Games Diagrams François-André Danican Philidor (1726–1795) was a French chess player and was regarded as the best chess player of his age. His book 'Analyse du jeu des Echecs' was cons...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books

$350.00


Conspiracy: A Selection of Help-mate Problems by Alain Campbell White (1880-1951)

117 pages with diagrams and index. Small Octavo (7 1/2" x 5") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Christmas series volume XLIII for the 31st year. Edited by George Hume. (Betts: 39-14) First edition.Contai...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$300.00


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