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262. ----: An Easy Introduction to the Game of Chess; containing 100 Examples of Games...Philidor's Analysis...Selections from Stamma, the Calabrois &c...Caissa: A Poem, by Sir William Jones; The Morals of Chess by Dr.Franklin.

Printed for Baldwin, Cradock & Joy... 1809. New Edn. Contemporary half leather, spine rubbed, paper yellowed otherwise good. pp (viii), 254. Without the engraved plate as often found. Whyld & Ravilious, Chess Texts 1809:2. LN 610. 70.00


1217. 1851 LONDON. Staunton (H.): The Chess Tournament. A Collection of the Games Played at this Celebrated Assemblage.

Bohn, 1852. 1st Edn. Original red cloth, rebacked with later red cloth and original title-lettering panel on spine. front inner hinge cracked, otherwise a good tight copy. pp lxci,377. Previous owner and chess club name on half-title. Numerous games with brief notes, and much on the organization and running of the tournament. An excellent account of the first International chess tournament, and considerably scarcer than Staunton's other works. LN 5179. 120.00


230. 1895 HASTINGS. Cheshire (H.F.) Ed: The Hastings Chess Tournament 1895 containing the Authorised Account of the 230 Games Played...with Annotations by Pillsbury, Lasker, Tarrasch, Steinitz...Biographical Sketches of the Chess Masters.

Chatto & Windus 1896. First Edition. Original maroon cloth, spine slightly faded and a little worn at head and foot otherwise a good tight copy. 22 nice portraits of the players, pp xii,370,plus adverts. The strongest tournament ever held up to that time, and the first at Hastings. One of the best produced tournament books. 100.00


528. 1911 SCHLECHTER-TARRASCH. Tarrasch (Dr.): Der Schachwettkampf Schlechter-Tarrasch auf dem Jubildums-Kongress des Kolner Schachklubs im Sommer 1911.

Leipzig 1912. 1st Edn. Original grey boards, VG, inside staples are rusty with one section partly loose. Frontispiece, pp xviii,1,136. 16 games from the match plus 36 from the Jubildums-Kongress des Kolner Schachklubs. LN 5054. 45.00


1585. Abbott (J.W.): 121 Chess Problems.

Jas. Wade, 1887. 1st Edn. Original red cloth, a few spots to back cover o/w VG. Frontispiece, 120 problems, followed by solutions. LN 2472. Prize inscription from Chess Editor, Leeds Mercury to J.Keeble for best chess solutions, Christmas 1886. With a stamp of the BCPS library to title-page. 100.00


5606. Anderson (A.): The Game of Draughts Simplified and Illustrated with Practical Diagrams.

Glasgow & New York, 1878. 3rd Edn., Revised & Extended by Robert McCulloch. Original plain brown cloth, worn at head and foot of spine, 2 pages loose. Frontispiece diagram, pp xxxii, 136. 20.00


793. Bird (H.E.): Chess History and Reminiscences.

Dean & Son. n.d.(1893) 1st Edn. Original brown cloth, gilt, a very good copy. Portrait, pp xxiv, 138. LN 236. Includes sections on the origin of chess, the middle ages, the 19th century (chess clubs, chess masters), blindfold chess, habits and idiosyncracies of chess players. 70.00


506. Bird (H.E.): Chess Masterpieces: Comprising a Collection of 150 Choice Games.

Dean & Son, 1875. 1st Edn. Original green cloth, wear to front cover, foxing to title-page, o/w good. Additional title-page, (iv),140pp. Over 150 games from 1851 to 1874, index of players and openings. LN 3166. One of the scarcer of Bird's works. 65.00


754. Bird (H.E.): Chess Novelties and their Latest Developments, with Comparisons of the Progress of Chess Openings of the Past Century and the Present not dealt with in Existing Works.

F.Warne, 1895. 1st Edn. Original blue decorative cloth, gilt, spine slightly rubbed with remains of paper label at foot o/w good. pp xli, 304. LN 1855. This title was issued in a number of different colour cloth covers. Includes many games arranged by openings. With a small label of the ECF, Pollard Collection. 50.00


3632. Bird (H.E.): Chess Practice: being a Condensed and Simplified Record of the Actual Openings in the Finest Games, including the Whole of the Beautiful Specimens contained in "Chess Masterpieces"... with Tabulated Index.

Sampson Low, Marston & Co. 1892. (New Edn.) Original red cloth with attractive front cover, rather faded and stained, internally good. pp 96,(2),(2) advert leaf. Includes summary of important events up to 1881, and comparison of results of each opening. LN 1823. One of the scarcer books by Bird. 50.00


31. Bird (H.E.): The Chess Openings, considered Critically and Practically.

Dean & Son, n.d.(1878.) 1st Edn. Original blue cloth, gilt lettering and chessboard on front cover, a white number at foot of spine, wear to head and foot, lower joint split, label removed from front endpaper, a couple of old library stamps. Folding plate (frayed at edge), pp xvi, 248. Includes many illustrative games and list of subscribers. This book was issued in a number of different colour cloth covers. (I can send photos on request.) 50.00


1408. BLACKBURNE (J.H.) Graham (P.A.): Mr.Blackburne's Games at Chess Selected, Annotated and Arranged by Himself. Edited, with a Biographical Sketch and a Brief History of Blindfold Chess by P.A.Graham.

Longmans, Green 1899. 1st Edn. Large octavo, original cloth, spine rebacked with original backstrip which is worn and lacking some material o/w G. Portrait, pp ix, 331, adverts. 407 games with brief notes, 28 problems, index of games. 60.00


32. Blackburne (S.S.): Terms and Themes of Chess Problems. With a Preface by A.F.Mackenzie.

Routledge n.d.(1907.) 1st Edn. Original green pictorial cloth, spine darkened otherwise good. Frontispiece, 169pp. Includes over 300 problems. "A New and Enlarged Edition of 'Problem Terms and Characteristics.'" LN 2543. 30.00


214. Christmas Series No.11. White (A.C.): More White Rooks.

Stroud 1911. Original purple cloth, nice copy. 220pp. 400 problems. Without Christmas slip. Christmas Series No.11. 65.00


3276. Du Mont (J.): Chess Openings Illustrated. I. Centre Counter.

Bell, 1919 1st Edn. Original pictorial cloth, G. 75pp. 31 illustrative games. LN 1935. 12.00


445. Dufresne (J.): Kleines Lehrbuch des Schachspiels.

Leipzig (1922). 10th Edn edited by J.Mieses. A small volume, original beige cloth, slightly spotted o/w G. 543pp. LN 1007. 18.00


39. Ellis (J.H.): Chess Sparks or Short and Bright Games of Chess.

Longmans, Green 1895. 1st Edn. Original brown cloth, gilt, some edge wear o/w G. pp (viii),160, adverts. Some foxing to pages. Contains 400 games of 20 moves or less and a useful chronicle of chess tournaments and matches from 1824-94. LN 3182. A presentation copy from the author - "R.P. from J.H.E. 24:X:95" and printed slip "With the Author's Compliments." R.P. is Ross Pinsent, both he and Ellis were members of "Thatched House Club". There is a small newspaper article included and an extra "Brilliant Game" inserted near the end played by Pinsent. 70.00


847. EUCLID. (Alfred Crosskill): Analysis of the Chess Ending King and Queen against King and Rook by "Euclid." Edited by E.Freeborough.

Kegan Paul &c. 1895. 1st Edn. Original maroon cloth, gilt, small black number to foot of spine and cover otherwise very good. Coloured frontispiece, pp xii,120,(11). 2 stamps of the BCPS. LN 2187. The definitive work on this ending. 80.00


244. Freeborough (E.): Select Chess End-Games from Actual Play.

Kegan Paul &c.1895. 1st Edn. Original dark red cloth, small black label on front cover o/w G. pp viii,86. 87 examples. With a stamp of the BCPS on title-page. LN 2188. 20.00


1198. Gittins (F.R.): The Chess Bouquet; or The Book of the British Composers of Chess Problems.

Feilden, McAllan & Co. 1897. 1st Edn. 4to (21 x 27cm) orignal red cloth, gilt, spine torn with some loss of cloth at head and foot, a few small stains on covers, binding a bit loose, the contents are good. Frontispiece, 257pp, errata, photos and biographies of British composers and prominent chess editors, 663 problems, essays on composing and solving. With a loose advertising sheet for the book. With a bookplate of the British Chess Problem Society, presented by Daphne MacLeod. A comprehensive and invaluable work. 100.00


319. Green (R.F.): Chess.

Bell 1893. Original red pictorial cloth, G. 116pp. Includes 17 Master games with brief notes. "The Club Series." 15.00


44. Gunsberg (I.): The Chess Openings.

Bell 1920. (Reprint). Original limp green pictorial cloth, covers worn. pp (xvi),104, plus adverts. 8.00


2143. Klett (Ph.): Schachprobleme. Mit einer Einfuhrung in die Theorie des Schachproblems.

Veit, Leipzig 1878. 1st Edn. Contemporary black half leather, very rubbed, otherwise good. pp (vi), 227. 112 of Klett's problems. With a stamp of the British Chess Problem Society to title-page, old chess club label on endpaper. LN 2438. A leading exponent of the so-called Old German style of the problem art. 70.00


2193. Kotrc (J.) & K.Traxler: Schachprobleme aus den Jahren 1884-1910.

Published by the authors, Wien 1910. 1st Edn. Original brown cloth. G. 2 portraits, 46pp introduction, 110 problems of Kotrc, 137 of Traxler (two well-known Czech problemists), solutions, list of subscribers (89 copies.) With a problem solving prize label on endpaper. LN 2605. 60.00


5983. Lewis (W.): Oriental Chess, or Specimens of Hindoostanee Excellence in that Celebrated Game. Vol.1 only (of 2).

J.M.Richardson, 1817. 1st Edition. Small volume (12 x 14cm.) new green cloth, internally VG. pp (xii), 150 engraved diagrams. Many of the positions are taken from a treatise originally compiled in the Sanscrit language, along with others from the best European authors. A repair to the edge of the half-title-page. Volume 2 contains the Solutions. I believe this is the first published work of the prolific chess author William Lewis. Whyld/Ravilious, Chess Texts 1817:9. 100.00


1376. Longman (F.W.): Chess Openings.

Longmans, Green, 1874. 2nd Edn., revised and corrected. Original mauve cloth, faded on spine o/w G. pp xv, 64. LN 1808. There is a bookplate of Washington Jackson, Town Thorns. Jackson was an American merchant who moved to England in 1861 and Town Thorns is the mansion built for him, situated between Rugby and Coventry. The bookplate includes a dire Latin warning to book thieves. 35.00


2857. Lowenthal (J.): A Selection from the Problems of the Era Problem Tournament. With a Preface by Herr Lowenthal.

Thomas Day, 1857. 1st Edn. Small 8vo, original blue cloth, split on lower joint, edges rubbed. 101pp., (1) advert, errata slip. Without the frontispiece. 63 problems by various composers. The first formal problem-composing tourney, organized by Lowenthal, chess editor of the "Era" newspaper. First prize won by Conrad Bayer, second F.Healey. LN 2396. With an inscription from Lowenthal with his kind wishes to G.Fegeler (?) 200.00


1627. Mackenzie (A.F.): Chess: Its Poetry and Prose. A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Arts of Composing and Solving Chess Problems...the Author's Prize Problems.

Published by the Author, Kingston, Jamaica. 1887. 1st Edn. Original red decorative cloth, gilt, spine rebacked with original laid down which is faded and discoloured, new endpapers, some early pages yellowed, otherwise a good tight copy. Frontispiece printed in mauve, pp viii,446, 33, (7) including list of subscribers, and over 100 problems by the author. A scarce work. LN 2477. A composer of Scottish descent, and a schoolteacher in Jamaica, the growing popularity of the two-mover and its further development owed much to his influence. (Oxford Companion.) 220.00


204. MARSHALL (F.J.): Chess Openings. With Biographical Sketch and Selection of Thirty-Two Games, Played 1899-1904.

BCM, Leeds 1904. 1st Edn. Original blue cloth, good. Portrait, pp iv,185,(3) adverts. The first collection of Marshall's games. 35.00


321. Mason (J.): Chess Openings.

H.Cox 1905. 2nd Edn. Original maroon cloth, slightly faded, small crease on front cover o/w G. pp xx,120. LN 1864. 12.00


254. Mason (J.): Social Chess. A Collection of Short & Brilliant Games with Historical and Practical Illustrations.

The Field & Queen (Horace Cox), (1901). Original maroon cloth, gilt, stamped 1901 on front cover, good copy. xv,174pp., 2 plates. Includes 131 annotated games. LN 3196. With a small label of the ECF collection. 18.00


3729. Mieses (J.): Chess Endings from Modern Master-Play. Edited, with Notes.

Routledge, (1901). 2nd Edn. Sm8vo, original purple cloth, slightly stained on edges o/w G. pp xi,115, adverts. 30 endings from named games. LN 2195. A scarce work. With small label of the ECF collection. 18.00


3602. Miles (J.A.): Chess Gems: Some of the Finest Examples of Chess Strategy, by Ancient and Modern Masters.

E.W.Southwood and the Editor, Fakenham 1878. (2nd Edn.) Roy8vo, bound in a later brown cloth, VG. Frontispiece, pp (10), 736 problems printed two to-a-page, with solutions at end, index of authors, list of subscribers accounting for 118 copies. Occasional foxing. LN 2401. With a bookplate of the British Chess Problem Society, from the bequest of Robert McWilliam. The 1st Edn was published in 1860 and was a much smaller work. The work is invaluable as a means of tracing the rise and progress of the art of problem composition. 120.00


844. Miller (J.W.) Editor: The American Supplement to the "Synopsis" containing American Inventions in the Chess Openings: together with Fresh Analyses in the Openings, since 1882.

W.W.Morgan, 1885. 1st Edn. Roy8vo, original blue pictorial cloth, partly split on joints, endpapers torn o/w G. pp 91, plus adverts and sample issue of Chess Player's Chronicle. Not separately listed in LN catalogue. With small bookplate of ECF, Pollard Collection. 40.00


828. Morgan (M.): The Chess Digest, containing the Moves of Over 15,000 Games Systematically Arranged under the Various Openings.

Philadelphia, 1901-03. Volumes 1-3 (of 4), quarto size (20 x 28cm), original maroon cloth, gilt, 2 vols rubbed on spine, one back cover stained, otherwise good. pp 472, 446, 518. "Practically including All Games Played in the Leading Tournaments and Matches from 1850 to 1902. Together with Names of Players and References to All the Tournament Books and Periodicals in which the Games have been Reported." A VALUABLE REFERENCE WORK. LN 1879. With bookplates of the ECF, Wade collection. 100.00


601. Pearson (A.C.): One Hundred Chess Problems, with Chess Puzzle Frontispiece.

Civil Service Printing & Pub.Co. 1883. 3rd Edn. Original purple cloth, gilt, very small plastic label to foot of front cover otherwise VG. Green & red printed frontispiece, pp (viii), 104 problems plus solutions. Presentation inscription from Pearson on endpaper. A label of the BCPS on endpaper, presented by Mrs. P.H.Williams. LN 2444. 80.00


779. PERIODICAL: The Chess Monthly.: Edited by L.Hoffer & J.H.Zukertort. Vol.I.

London, Sept.1879 - Aug.1880. Roy8vo, Original grey cloth, some wear to head and foot of spine o/w G. pp iv (title & index), 384. 79 annotated games, endgame section by B.Horwitz, 122 problems, letters, and news etc. 80.00


4396. Philidor (A.D.): Analysis of the Game of Chess; A New Edition, Greatly Enlarged.

P.Elmsley, London 1777. Contemporary black half calf, spine with raised bands and red title-label, spine and edges rubbed, small piece of label missing, a good tight copy. Half-title, engraved portrait, pp (iv),306,(6) Rules of the Game. Some foxing. LN 489. An early English edition of Philidor's famous work, and the first to be greatly enlarged. This copy includes the fine portrait of Philidor engraved by Bartolozzi which is often missing. 400.00


3107. Philidor (A.D.) Ed: W.S.Kenny.: Analysis of the Game of Chess. Translated from the Last French Edition, and Further Illustrated with Notes, by W.S.Kenny.

T.& J.Allman, London 1819. 1st Kenny Edn. Contemporary calf, spine rubbed, without title-label otherwise a good copy. Engraved portrait of Philidor, pp xvi, engraved plate, 264, many engraved diagrams in text. LN 493. A scarce book. 160.00


268. Pierce (J.& W.T.): Chess Problems.

Longmans Green 1873. 1st Edn. Original green cloth, slight edge wear o/w VG. Frontispiece, pp xii,381. 301 problems, from two to six movers. The subscribers list accounts for 130 copies. LN 2421. With a bookplate of the British Chess Problem Society, presented by Mrs. P.H.Williams. A scarce book. 100.00


4323. Pierce (J.& W.T.): Supplement to Chess Problems. Containing in Part I all the Incorrect Positions in "Chess Problems" Revised & Corrected... and in Part II Additional Problems, Entirely New.

Longmans Green 1874. 1st Edn. Original cloth-backed printed blue boards,slightly rubbed otherwise good, small black label to foot of front cover. Frontispiece, 90pp. 58 problems with solutions at end. LN 2422. With a stamp of the British Chess Problem Society and a presentation inscription from Mrs. P.H.Williams. 65.00


2473. Pierce (James & W.Timbrell): Pierce Gambit, Chess Papers and Problems.

Trubner & Co. 1888. 1st Edn. Original red cloth, slightly marked and rubbed otherwise good. Stamp of British Chess Problem Society on title-page. Frontispiece, pp (viii),227. Includes 134 problems, analysis of the Pierce Gambit, and various articles mainly concerning problems, and list of subscribers. LN 1839. A scarce work which appears in various binding colours. 100.00


1371. Pierce (James & W.Timbrell) Editors: English Chess Problems. Parts I & II A Selection of the best Problems by English Composers...Part III A Set Specially Composed for this Work.

Longmans, Green & Co. 1876. 1st Edn. Thick 8vo, plain dark green cloth, small splits on joints otherwise VG. Coloured frontispiece, pp xvi,(2),683, (1) advert. 608 problems, followed by solutions. Includes list of subscribers. LN 2423. A substantial work. With a bookplate of the British Chess Problem Society, presented by F. Bonner Feast in 1937. 120.00


808. Preti (J.): ABC des Echecs. Deuxieme Edition augmentee de Nombreux Exemples Pratiques et d'une Classification Methodique des Debuts par Numa Preti suivi de 126 Problemes d'Echecs Inedits.

Paris, N.Preti, 1895. Contemporary dark red half leather, back inner hinge cracked, joint partly split, leather rubbed o/w G, a prize label on front cover (2nd prize F.R.Gittins - the author of Chess Bouquet). Large folding table of openings, pp viii,356. Includes 101 miniature games, 126 problems, numerous "fin de partie", openings etc.. LN 948. With a bookplate of the British Chess Problem Society, presented by F.Bonner Feast. 50.00


1377. Rowland (T.B. & F.F.): Chess Fruits: A Selection of Direct Mate, Self-Mate, Picture and Letter Problems, Poems, and Humourous Sketches... Popular Games by Leading Players and others of General Interest.

The Authors, Dublin, 1884. 1st Edn. Original red cloth with black ruling and lettering, slight wear to head and foot of spine, two dark marks on front cover with small loss of cloth (c.1 x 2cm) otherwise a good copy. pp 172, (4) adverts. Includes a list of subscribers. With a stamp of the British Chess Problem Society on title-page. LN 2463. 80.00


1340. Sarratt (J.H.): A Treatise on the Game of Chess.

Longman &c. 1822. New Edition Revised & Improved by William Lewis. Contemporary half calf, spine nicely gilt-tooled, slightly rubbed, top joint is cracked and tender. pp xxii, explanation of diagrams leaf, 351. LN 618. Sarratt introduced a new style of play based on that of the Italian school, and Lewis was the strongest of his pupils. (Murray, Short History.) This New Edition also has diagrams which were not used in the 1808 edition. 170.00


241. Selkirk (G.H.): The Book of Chess. A Popular and Comprehensive Guide...with Full Instruction for Blindfold Chess.

Madgwick Houlston & Co. n.d.(1868). 1st Edn. Original green cloth, spine and front cover with gilt decoration of chessboard and pieces, VG. pp viii,439. Title-page partly loose. Includes many games, and 78 studies. LN 946. 50.00


4909. Staunton (H.): Chess. Containing The Elementary Portion of "The Chess-Player's Handbook."

Henry J.Drane n.d.(1905). Small hardback (11 x 14cm), original red cloth, white lettering, faded and stained o/w G. 164pp., plus adverts for Drane's ABC series of which this is one. Paper yellowed. Also includes 13 additional games mainly from 1890s at the end. LN 760. Betts 10-74. 12.00


1195. Staunton (H.): The Chess-Player's Handbook.

Bohn 1848. 2nd Edn., Revised. Original red cloth, covers discoloured, some splits to joints, otherwise a good tight copy. Coloured frontispiece, pp viii,518. LN 740. 40.00


2160. Staunton (H.): The Chess-Player's Text Book: A Concise and Easy Introduction to the Game. Revised by E.E.Cunnington.

John Jaques & Son, n.d.(c.1910) Original red cloth, wear to covers with patchy fading, internally good. pp viii,132, plus (4) adverts. 9.00


45. Steinitz (W.): The Modern Chess Instructor. Part 1.

Putnam's, New York & London, 1889. 1st Edn. Roy8vo, original brown cloth, gilt chessboard on front cover, some wear to spine, front endpaper removed, otherwise good. Advert leaf, pp xli, 193. Steinitz explains some of his famous chess theories, analyses many openings, and INCLUDES THE GAMES FROM HIS MATCH WITH TSCHIGORIN, with his annotations, revised and amended from the International Chess Magazine. There was no separate publication on this match. Part 2 of this work was a slim and very rare pamphlet published in 1895. With a small label of the ECF, Ravilious collection. 55.00


4328. STEINITZ. Edited by C.Devide.: A Memorial to William Steinitz. Containing a Selection of his Games.

G.P.Putnam's, NY & London 1901. 1st Edn. Original blue cloth, VG. Portrait, pp vii, 99, advert page. Biographical sketch, c.70 annotated games. LN 3198. 80.00


1230. Stubbs (C.F.) Publisher: Canadian Chess Problems.

C.F.Stubbs, St.John, N.B., Canada, 1890. Small 8vo, original brown cloth, gilt lettering. VG. 224pp. 206 problems with solutions at end. LN 2506. With a stamp of the BCPS Library on title-page, A scarce book. 100.00


642. Tomlinson (Charles): Amusements in Chess: I.Sketches of the History. Antiquities and Curiosities of the Game. II.Easy Lessons...Selection of Games. III...Problems.

John W.Parker, 1845. 1st Edn. Original cloth, spine gilt, some sections loose otherwise good. With a label and stamp of British Chess Problem Society. pp ix,352, adverts. Includes chapters on chess writers and players, the automaton chess-player, including illustrations, the knight's tour, blindfold chess. LN 4540. 120.00


921. Wallis (E.): 777 Chess Miniatures in Three. Introduction by P.H.Williams and Hints to Solvers by A.N.Brayshaw.

E.Wallis, Scarborough (1908). 1st Edn. Narrow 8vo, original light brown cloth, VG. pp (xl),272. Text in English, French and German. LN 2590. 30.00


3109. Williams (P.H.): The Modern Chess Problem.

Routledge (1903). 1st Edn. Original purple cloth, gilt, gilt on spine a bit faded and wear to head and foot o/w G. Portrait, (viii),252pp. Sections on solving and composing, and 100 problems (half two-movers.) With an inscription from composer W.H.Thompson. LN 2566. 20.00