TONY PETERSON, 15 HARBOUR VIEW PARK, ROPE WALK, LITTLEHAMPTON,

 WEST SUSSEX, BN17 5DQ, UK.        Tel:  01903 730371

CHESS BOOKS BY MAIL ORDER – SECONDHAND, RARE & OUT OF PRINT.

Email: tony@chessbooks.co.uk   Website home page: www.chessbooks.co.uk

 

 

THIS SECTION UPDATED 18 MAY 2022

 

Items in red are recent additions.

 

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BRITISH CHESS MAGAZINE - BOUND VOLUMES

The following volumes are internally good with general title-page and index, unless stated:

1891 Vol.11 Dark blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine, G. This volume is lacking the May & June issues, but includes Oct/Nov/Dec 1890 issues bound at the end. £100

1892 Vol.12 Full black leather, gilt-ruled, all edges gilt, repaired on the joints with spine laid down and has a dent to upper front cover causing creasing to upper corner of most pages, otherwise the content is good. £120

1893 Vol.13 Mauve cloth, a little faded and worn on spine o/w G. 4 plates, £120

1894 Vol.14 Maroon cloth, spine darkened with lettering faded o/w G. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £120

1896 Vol.16 Maroon cloth, spine darkened with lettering faded o/w G. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £120

1897 Vol.17 Maroon cloth, spine darkened with lettering faded o/w G. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £120

1898 Vol.18 Maroon cloth, spine darkened with lettering faded o/w G. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £120

1899 Vol.19 Purple half leather, gilt spine, joints repaired with new endpapers, spine is quite worn, internal condition is good. £120

1901 Vol.21 Maroon cloth, VG. missing the title-page and index, and the final 2 pages (problems) (provided in photocopy, slightly blurred on inner margin) £70

1902 Vol.22 New red cloth. The binding is very good, however the pages have been affected by water, causing damage to about 10 pages, mainly at the end. Hence priced low because of condition £25

1903 Vol.23. Dark blue cloth, spine faded, slightly frayed at top. With bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection. £80

1905 Vol.25 New red cloth. The binding is very good, however the pages have been affected by water damage, mainly noticeable to the first and last 25 pages or so with red staining to the margins (text still readable), first four pages of index also torn with loss, likewise the last four pages. Hence priced low because of condition £25

1907 Vol.27. Contemporary maroon half leather, spine gilt, rubbed on edges, G. With bookplate of the ECF collection. £100

1909 Vol.29. Maroon half leather, gilt spine, spine rubbed. With bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection. £100

1910 Vol.30. Maroon half leather, gilt spine, spine rubbed. With bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection. £100

1911 Vol.31. Black half leather, spine and corners rubbed. With a label of the ECF, Pollard collection. £100

1912 Vol.32. Purple half leather, one joint split, top of spine torn with some loss of leather. With bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection. £70

1913 Vol.33. Purple half leather, spine torn with loss of leather in three places. With bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection. £60

1914 Vol.34. Contemporary brown half leather, spine very rubbed o/w G. Internally VG. With a label of the ECF Pollard collection. Scarce war year. £120

1915 Vol.35 Blue/green cloth, gilt spine, VG. With bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection. Scarce war year. £120

1917 Vol.37 Contemporary black half leather, gilt spine, slightly rubbed, VG. Scarce war year. £120

1919 Vol.39 Maroon cloth, good condition. Label of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB, OBE on endpaper. A scarce year.  £120

1924 Vol.44 Maroon cloth, spine a little faded, G. Some handwritten games or newspaper cuttings pasted over several pages. With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB OBE. £60

1926 Vol.46 Maroon cloth, very good condition. With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB OBE. £70

1930 Vol.50 Maroon cloth, small piece of paper title-label  remaining on spine, a label stuck to one page hiding a few lines of text o/w G. Includes 51 page booklet of the 1930 Nice International Chess Congress bound at end. £50

1931 Vol.51 Dark blue cloth, spine discoloured o/w G. 556 pages! £50

1932 Vol.52 Maroon cloth, some wear, lettering faded. 572 pages! £55

1933 Vol.53 Maroon cloth, spine slightly faded o/w VG. Small label of the ECF, Pollard collection. 548 pages! £60

1934 Vol.54 Maroon cloth. G. 528 pages. £60

1935 Vol.55 Maroon cloth, spine faded, G. 568 pages! Two handwritten pages of games pasted over two pages near end.With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB OBE. £55

1936 Vol.56 Maroon cloth, spine faded, G. 624 pages! With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB OBE. £55

1937 Vol.57 Maroon cloth, spine faded, G. 624 pages! With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB OBE. £55

1939 Vol.59 Black half leather, slight wear on back cover o/w VG. 532 pages. £55

1940 Vol.60 Blue cloth. VG. Bookplate of the ECF, Golombek collection. £55

1941 Vol.61 Maroon cloth, a slight vertical fold to pages o/w G. Bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection. £50

1953 Vol.73 Maroon cloth, VG. With small label of the ECF, Pollard collection. £35

1955 Vol.75 Maroon cloth, VG. £35

1957 Vol.77 New red cloth, magazine covers included. Index in December issue. VG. £35

1959 Vol.79 Blue cloth. G. Includes magazine covers. Index in Dec issue. With a bookplate of the ECF, Wade collection. £35

1961 Vol.81 Maroon library cloth, black title-label. VG. £30

1962 Vol.82 New red cloth, VG. Includes magazine covers. Index is in December issue. A piece on paper is stuck to one page covering quarter page, a facsimile page is provided.  £30

1963 Vol.83 Blue cloth, lower joint partly split o/w G. Includes magazine covers. Index is in the December issue. With a bookplate of the ECF, Wade collection. £30

1964 Vol.84 New red cloth, VG. Includes magazine covers. Index is in December issue. £30

1964 Vol.84 Maroon cloth, spine faded, waterstain to lower corner affecting pages throughout. £15

1967 Vol 87 Maroon cloth, VG. With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB, OBE.  £25

1968 Vol.88 Maroon cloth, VG. With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB, OBE. £25

1969 Vol.89 Maroon cloth, spine slightly faded o/w VG. With a bookplate of Sir Richard Clarke, KCB, OBE. £25

1971 Vol.91 Maroon cloth, VG. £25

1972 Vol.92 Maroon cloth, VG. A sought-after year covering the Fischer-Spassky match. £50.00

1973 Vol.93 Maroon cloth, VG. Printing error affecting 2 pages (provided in facsimile). £18

1974  Vol.96 New purple cloth, VG. £20

1976 Vol.96 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1977 Vol.97 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1978 Vol.98 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1980 Vol.100 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1982 Vol.102 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1983 Vol.103 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1984 Vol.104 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1985 Vol.105 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1986 Vol.106 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1987 Vol.107 Maroon cloth, VG. Please note that pages 194, 195, 198, 199, 202, 203, 206 and 207 are completely blank. £14

1988 Vol.108 Maroon cloth, VG. £20

1996 Vol.116 Maroon cloth, VG. Magazine covers bound in. £25

1997 Vol.117 Maroon cloth, VG. Magazine covers bound in. 2 pages partly stuck together due to damp. £25

The following bound volumes are hard to find:

2006 Vol.126 Maroon cloth. VG. Magazine covers included. £40

2007 Vol.127 Maroon cloth. VG. Magazine covers included. £40

 

 

COMPLETE VOLUMES IN MAROON “CORDEX” BINDERS. The magazines are inserted and held by cords. The bindings are sturdy and lay open flat at any given page. "British Chess Magazine" is printed in gold on the spines which are 5cm wide. No dates on the spines but most have a round white paper label with the year written on them.Very good condition. With indexes unless stated.

1954  Vol.74 A narrower cordex binding than later ones, 3 issues have come loose, G. £25

1978  Vol.98 (without February issue, with index but not magazine covers.) £10

1982  Vol.102  (no index.)  £12

1986  Vol.106  £12

1993  Vol.113  £15

1998  Vol.118  £20

1999  Vol.119  (no index) £20

2000  Vol.120  £20

2002  Vol.122 (no index) £20

2012  Vol.132  (no index) £25

2013  Vol.133  £25

2014  Vol.134  £25

2018  Vol.138  (no index) £30

 

UNBOUND VOLUMES. (Complete loose issues, very good, with index unless stated.) 12 issues each year.

1967 Vol.87 (index in Dec issue) £18

1968 Vol.88 (no index) £18

1984 Vol.104 £12

1985 Vol.105 £12

1988 Vol.108 £12

1990 Vol.110  £14

1997 Vol.117  £14

 

LOOSE SINGLE ISSUES

The following at £2.00 each issue:

1966 June

1969 Sep.

1981 index

1983 Aug, Sep, Oct

1984 index

1985 index, Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec

1986 Jan, Feb, Mar, June, July

1987 Jan, Feb, Dec

1990 index, Dec

1991 Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov

1992 Sep, Oct (3), Nov (top edge cropped, no text loss), Dec (3).

1993 Mar, May, Aug,

1995 index, July.

1996 March.

1996 All except Sept/Oct

1998 Oct.

The following at £3.00 per issue: (OR ANY 5 FOR £10)

2001 index

2006 index (2), Aug, Oct, Dec

2007 index

2008 index, Apr, May, Jun (2), Jul (2), Aug (2), Sep (2), Oct (2), Nov.

2009 index (3), Jan, Feb, Aug, Sep, Dec.

2010 Jan (2), Apr, May (3), Jun, Jul

2011 Apr (2), May

2012 May

2019 Aug, Nov  (slight crease to upper corners)

 

 

CHESS (Ed: B.H.Wood). BOUND VOLUMES

 

All the following in the usual brown cloth, very good, with index unless stated. Volumes up to No.19 are larger size.

Vol.3 Sep 1937 – Aug 1938. Later brown cloth, VG. Most magazine covers are included. No index as often found. £60

Vol.4 Sep 1938 – Aug 1939. VG. £60

Vol.5 Sep 1939 – Sep 1940. Slight wear to top of spine o/w G. No index. £40

Vol.6 Oct 1940 – Sep 1941. 12 issues with magazine covers fixed in a blue cordex binder. G. Without index. £30

1946 calendar year Jan-Dec. Blue half cloth, VG. No index. Magazine covers included (except Feb.) Pages have a slight vertical centre fold. £30

Vol.12 and 13 bound together. Oct 1946 – Sep 1948. VG. No indexes. Pages have a slight vertical centre fold. £70

1947 calendar year Jan-Dec. Brown cloth, VG. No index. G. £30

Vol.13 Oct 1947 – Sep 1948. Maroon cloth. VG. Slight yellowing of pages. No index. Pages have a slight vertical centre fold. £35

Vol.16  1950-51. Spine spotted and lettering faded o/w G. £35

Vol.17 Oct 1951 – Sep 1952. G. Some pen numbers written in margins, chess club stamp to endpaper. £30

Vol.19 Oct 1953 – Sep 1954  Later brown cloth, VG. No index. Some magazine covers included. £30

Vol.22 Oct 1956 – Sep 1957. Spine lettering faded o/w VG. £25

Vol.23 Oct 1957 – Sep 1958. Later brown cloth, VG. No index. Magazine covers included. £25

Vol.30 Oct 1964 – Sep 1965 VG, magazine covers included. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £25

Vol.32 Oct 1966 – Sep 1967 G, paper slightly yellowed, magazine covers included. Without index. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £25

Vol.33 Oct 1967 – Sep 1968. G. Magazine covers included. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £25

Vol.34 Oct 1968 – Aug 1969. Some pages yellowed o/w VG. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £25

Vol.36 Sep 1970 – Sep 1971.  VG, paper slightly yellowed. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £25

Vol.37 Oct 1971 – Sep 1972. G, paper slightly yellowed. Magazine covers included. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £25

Vol.38 Oct.1972 to Sep.1973. G, some paper yellowed, and old waterstain to a few pages. Magazine covers included. With a bookplate of the ECF collection. £18

Vol.39 Oct 1973 – Sep 1974. Paper slightly yellowed o/w VG. Magazine covers included. £14

Vol.40 Oct 1974 – Sep 1975. VG. Magazine covers bound in. £15

Vol.43 Oct 1977 – Sep 1978. VG. Magazine covers included. Algebraic edition. £16

Vol.44 Oct.1978 to Oct.1979. VG. Magazine covers included. £15

Vol.46 Feb 1981 – Mar 1982. Wear to lower cover edges o/w VG. Magazine covers included. Algebraic edition. £15

 

 UNBOUND VOLUMES (Complete loose issues, no indexes. Very good condition unless stated.)

Vol.16 (1950-51) A little wear to some covers, faint vertical centre fold on some issues  £20

Vol.30 (1964-65) Missing Nos.477-8, index included. £12

Vol.31 (1965-66) Missing Nos.494, 498-99, 500, 508-14. £6

Vol.35 (1969-70) One issue with writing on cover. £15

Vol.47 (1982-83) lacking issues 877-78, 879-80, one issue missing 4 pages. £6

Vol.52 (1987-88) In a red cordex binder, final issue loose. £14

From Volume 53 the title changed to “Chess Monthly” and a large format magazine.

Each set of 12 issues in VG condition.

Vol.55  Apr.1990 – Mar.1991  In red binder. One issue with waterstaining. Index. £20

 

THE CHESS AMATEUR

Vol.2  Oct 1907 – Sep 1908. Black cloth, G. pp viii (index), 384. With a label of the ECF, Pollard collection. £60

Vol.3  Oct 1908 – Sep 1909. Purple cloth, G. pp viii (index), 384. With two bookplates of the BCF/ECF Golombek collection. £60

Vol.4  Oct 1909 – Sep 1910. Purple cloth, G. pp viii (index), 384. With a bookplate of the ECF Golombek collection. £60

Vol.17. Jan 1923 – Sep 1923. 9 issues (lacking Oct-Dec 1922). Original printed covers. VG, apart from rusty staples.  £25

 

The Chess Player's Chronicle. Vol.1. 1841. (Edited by Howard Staunton).

Binding is poor, the original cloth sides are loose and the spine is lacking. It would serve well by rebinding with the original covers. Engraved frontispiece of the Automaton Chess Player (loose and foxed), coloured title-page, pp xviii (about the Automaton), 416 (including index), (4) adverts. Internal condition is good. A small label of the ECF, Pollard collection on front endpaper. 

The foremost English chess periodical of the mid-19th century. £70

 

The Chess Player's Chronicle. Vol.3. 1843. (Edited by Howard Staunton).

Bound in contemporary brown half leather, spine is very rubbed (no lettering visible on spine), some rubbing to sides, binding is still tight. Coloured title-page, pp 416 (including index). Internal condition is very good. With a bookplate of the ECF, Diggle collection.  £120

 

The Year Book of Chess. Edited by E.A.Michell/ M.W.Stevens/ W.H.Watts & A.W.Foster. Each volume covers the leading events of the previous year in detail, with results, many selected annotated games, statistics, problem section, chess club directory in some vols, game and opening indexes etc.. These Year Books are quite sought-after and sometimes sell for high prices on ebay. 

 

1910. red cloth, old Hastings CC label on front, inner hinges split. Last ten pages torn or lacking and provided in photocopy. Includes club directory. £10

1913. red cloth, spine faded/marked o/w G. Includes club directory. £20

1914. red cloth, some staining and cover marking o/w G. £15

 

Di Felice (G.): Chess Periodicals. An Annotated International Bibliography, 1836-2008. McFarland, US 2010. Large p/b. 349pp. A comprehensive reference work containing 3163 entries and many cross-references. Information for each entry includes year and country of publication frequency, publisher, editors, subject, language, alternate titles, holdings in chess libraries. Part 1 is Magazines, Bulletins, Newsletters; Part 2 Miscellaneous Publications such as Yearbooks, Handbooks, Almanacs, Calendars, Directories etc. Includes general index of periodical titles and index by country.  £45.00

 

AMERICAN CHESS BULLETIN. Moravian Chess facsimile reprints. Bound in brown cloth, all VG.

Vol.1 Jun – Dec 1904.  147pp. Includes games of Cambridge Springs 1904. £18

Vol.2 Jan – Dec 1905. 392pp. £15

Vol.3 Jan – Dec 1906. 260pp. £15

Vol.4 Jan – Dec 1907. 252pp. £15

Vol.5 Jan – Dec 1908. 272pp. £15

 

NEW IN CHESS KEYBOOK 1970-1982. An Encyclopaedic Analysis of Current Opening Theory. Over 850 pages in this de luxe hardback edition, and first and foundation volume of the series. Some wear to covers otherwise good. £20

 

CHESS INFORMANT 92. X 2004 – I 2005. 397pp. 522 games. £10

 

NEW IN CHESS MAGAZINE. The premier magazine for detailed coverage of top tournaments, with many games annotated by the leading GM’s. Also interviews with top players, in-depth book reviews, regular columns by Timman & Ree. 8 issues per year with around 100pp per issue.

BOUND VOLUMES (includes magazine covers unless stated.)

1987 Black cloth. Some paper slightly yellowed. £25.00

1988 Cream cloth. £25.00

1989 Cream cloth. £25.00

1990 Black cloth, magazine covers not included. £25.00

1992 Black cloth, magazine covers not included. £25.00

LOOSE ISSUES

1993 No.5 (with lengthy Smyslov interview) £3.00

1995 No.2 (with lengthy Leko interview) £3.00

2007 No.1-7  £16

 

BCF Year Book. Containing list of officials, constitution, annual report, accounts, BCF tournament crosstables, list of Life Members. All p/b, G or VG condition. The 1975/6 onward volumes are large size. The early years are scarce. 

 

1947-48  £10.00

1949-50  £10.00

1953-54  £10.00

1964-65  £8.00

1965-66  £5.00 (covers very poor and loose)

2008 large format. VG, £9.00

 

Awards in Problem Tourneys Nos.131-133. BCF, Nov.1973 12pp. 36 problems. £3.00

 

Chessman Quarterly. Ed: Wade & Boyd. Vol.1 No.1-4. 1968. 4 issues, nos.1&2 reprinted. The magazine specializing in opening theory. 40pp each issue. (D.) £6.00

 

QUARTERLY FOR CHESS HISTORY SERIES. Fiala (V.) Editor. Moravian Chess Publishing House, Czech Rep.  1999-2010, 2016,2018-21. Volumes 1-23.

Each volume hardback, most with over 500pp, hundreds of games, sections on chess research, biographies, tournament reports, reviews, correspondence chess etc. Further details of contents can be provided. (A.) Usually £28 or £30 per single volume. Please inquire for single volumes or complete set.

 

RUSSIAN YEAR BOOKS

 

Shakhmaty za 1951-1952. (Year Book.) Ed: L.Abramov. Moscow, 1953. Original cloth-backed boards, G. 244pp. Includes tournament results, 61 annotated games, endgames and studies. LN 3362.  £18.00

 

Shakhmaty za 1953. (Year Book) Ed: L.Abramov. Moscow, 1954. Original cloth-backed boards, G. 320pp. Includes 57 annotated games,  problems, studies, opening theory, crosstables.  £18.00

 

Shakhmaty za 1954. (Year Book) Ed: L.Abramov. Moscow, 1955. Original cloth-backed boards, VG. 368pp. Includes 92 annotated games,  crosstables.  £20.00

 

Shakhmaty za 1956. (Russian Year Book) Moscow, 1958. Original cloth-backed boards, VG. 336pp. Includes 97 annotated games,  crosstables.  £18.00

 

Shakhmaty za 1958 - 1959. (Russian Year Book) Moscow, 1960. Original cloth-backed boards, G. 503pp. Includes 145 annotated games,  crosstables. Paper yellowed as usual.  £18.00

 

Shakhmatny Eshegodnik. (Year Book) 1960. Moscow, 1962. VG. 496pp. Includes 146 annotated games. £14.00

 

Scacchi e Scienze Applicate. (Chess and Applied Sciences. An International Review.) No.22. Venice, 2003. Large format magazine. 60pp., illus. Various articles including Gillam, Researching Old Tournaments; Nizzola, Researcher's Corner (these last two in English); R.Salvadori, Psicologia degli Scacchi; S.Spina, "Il Gioco degli Scacchi" di Vespasiano Bettoni. Also 59 problems. £10

 

CHESS REVIEW. The Picture Chess Magazine. Vol.15. 1947. Large hardback, blue cloth, stained on back cover o/w G.  Usually 32 to 40pp each issue. Many annotated games, illustrations, large photo on each front cover, chess news. Paper slightly yellowed. £35.00

 

Chess Review Vol.18 1950. 10 loose issues, lacking March, October. Faint vertical centre fold. Also issue for June 1949 is included.  £15.00

 

Chess Reader. Whyld (Ken) Editor: Volume I - VI. (1955-1966) Ken Whyld Association / Moravian Chess, 2004. Hardback. F. This reprint of Vols.1-6 contains more than 500 book reviews by Ken Whyld and others. Also included are an appreciation of Ken Whyld by Tony Gillam, articles on William Winter, A.C.White "Xmas Books" & Overbrook Press series, and tournament books 1939-1956.  £32.00

 

Chess Students Quarterly. Cordingley (E.G.R.) & K.Whyld: Vol.I - VI (Nov 1946 - Mar 1952). (With) Match Bronstein vs. Boleslavski, Moscow 1950. Moravian Chess, Czech Rep.2007. Hardback. 569pp. 356 games, many annotated, 14 games of B-B match, opening theory, book reviews, various lists of books for sale. A facsimile reprint of the complete run of CSQ which was produced on an off-set litho printing machine. It was intended to be complimentary to the two major British chess magazines, giving additional games and analysis, but no news or problems. The original issues are very scarce.  £33.00

 

Midland Chess Bulletin / London Chess Bulletin / The Chess Bulletin. Well produced newspapers from 1948 to 1950. The first 44 issues (3 in photocopy) in good condition. Edited by W.Ritson Morry or Brian Reilly. (I believe this ran to 52 issues up to Nov.1951.) £85.00  (Note: not in stock but I can obtain it.)

 

Chess Informant.  (Sahovski Informator). Classification of Chess Openings. 1971. 67pp. £5.00

 

Chess Mail. 8/9 1997  £2     11 1997  corner of one page cut out £2

8-9 1999  £2

 

Jaarboek van de Nederlandse Bond van Probleemvrienden.

1974, 1975, 1980 - £6.00 each

 

Jubileumboek 1931-1981. Nederlandse Bond van Schaakprobleemvrienden. p/b. VG. 48pp. £10