3847. --- HISTORY OF CHESS - Some Recommended Books: ***** THIS SECTION UPDATED 21 SEPT 2017 *****

RETURN TO HOME PAGE Tony Peterson, 15 Harbour View Park, Rope Walk, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5DQ, UK. Tel: 01903 730371. email: tony@chessbooks.co.uk £0.00


3300. del Rio (Ercole): The War of the Chessmen. La Guerra degli Scacchi, o sia Il Re de'Giuochi. Edited & Translated by Christopher Becker.

Caissa Limited Editions, US 1984. F. pp lxi, 184. This is the first publication of a manuscript by del Rio written around 1800 but unpublished until this edition in 1984. The original Italian plus English commentary added by Professor Christopher Becker who has added a long scholarly introduction which traces the early development of chess and explains the place of this work in chess history. Limited to 700 numbered copies. £21.00


194. Eales (R.): Chess. The History of a Game.

Batsford 1985. 1st Edn.VG,d/w. 240pp. A seriously researched, but also readable, history. £16.00


4661. Forster (R.): The Zurich Chess Club, 1809-2009. Foreword by Vladimir Kramnik.

McFarland, US 2011. New hardback. 436pp., numerous photos, selected games and compositions. Founded in 1809, the Zurich Chess Club is the world’s oldest chess organization. This historical text examines how the club, a driving force behind Swiss chess, also became a major player on the international chess scene. Includes the history and development of the club, its outstanding members and its memorable activities. Its historical tournaments are covered in-depth, including the 2009 jubilee festivities. (A.) £40.00


3216. Garzón (José A.): The Return of Francesch Vicent. The History of the Birth and Expansion of Modern Chess.

Valencia, 2005. New large hardback. 495pp, illustrations. Garzón, of Valencia, succeeded with a remarkable chess historical coup as he was able to trace the apparently lost incunabulum of Francesch Vicent in an Italian manuscript - his "Libre dels jochs partitis dels scachs en nombre de 100" which was published in 1495 in Valencia. José’s latest work on the birth and the expansion of modern chess is connected with this and further find(s), and contains reproductions from the original manuscript, the 100 problems, a comparison with Damiano and other manuscripts etc. A monumental work. £50.00


4214. Gizycki (J.): Schach zu Allen Zeiten.

Stauffacher Verlag, Zurich 1967. Large thick hardback, 21 x 27.5cm., VG,d/w (small tear top of spine), with card slipcase. 391pp., many illustrations, including colour plates. First published in Polish in 1960. This First German edition with new chapter on German chess history. Includes sections on chess and art, in poetry & prose, mathematics, famous people who played chess etc... £25.00


9. Golombek (H.): A History of Chess.

Routledge 1976. 1st Edn. Large format, G (no d/w). 256pp., numerous illustrations, some coloured. £8.00


3989. Griffiths (M.J.): Chess in Wales.

Moravian Chess (2008.) New hardback. 339pp, 68 illustrations, mainly from photos, 32 games, index of Welsh chess players. (A.) A history of Welsh chess up to 1970. Includes sections on Thomas Bowdler and Philidor, Captain Evans, early clubs, details of the associations, championships, congresses, correspondence chess, the clubs, their officials, matches etc.. £25.00


2685. Hagedorn (R.K.): Benjamin Franklin and Chess in Early America. A Review of the Literature.

University of Philadelphia Press, 1958. 1st Edn. Paper somewhat yellowed as usual o/w VG,d/w. pp92, plates. Details 60 works printed in America from 1802 to 1859, Franklin's "Morals of Chess", with commentary and essay on Franklin. A scarce and useful reference work. £40.00


12. Hartston (W.R.): The Kings of Chess. A History of Chess Traced through the Lives of its Greatest Players.

Pavilion, 1985. 4to, VG,d/w. 192pp., well illustrated with photos and old historical prints and pictures, a few famous games annotated. (A.) £15.00


4296. Keats (V.): Chess, Jews and History. Vol.1.

Oxford, 1994. Folio (8.5 x 12in., 215 x 300mm) hardbound cloth. VG. Well illustrated from old books, paintings etc., 396pp, 3p index., including history, chess in medieval Spain, de Lucena, Ruy Lopez, Jewish chess literature etc. £60.00


2004. Lasa (T.von der): Zur Geschichte und Literatur des Schachspiels.

Leipzig 1897. (Facsimile Reprint 1978.) VG. pp viii,269. His most important book, still perhaps the clearest account of the game's development in Europe from medieval times. (Oxford Companion.) £35.00


4944. Monte (P.J.): The Classical Era of Modern Chess,

McFarland, USA 2014. Large hardback. 594pp., text-illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index. A valuable contribution to chess history covering the period from Lucena (1497) to Greco (early 1600's), including chapters on the Lucena MS, Gottingen MS, Damiano, Ruy Lopez, Polerio, Gianutio, Salvio, Carrera and Greco. Includes the rules of the game and their changes, and a major presentation of all opening variations and games as recorded by the classical authors. £45.00


1833. Reitstein (Leonard R.): A History of Chess in South Africa.

Published by the author, RSA 2003. Large format p/b. Cover corner crease, very faint crease through lower page corners o/w VG. 216 pages, printed double-column, illustrated, 111 annotated games, 24 problems. Covers all aspects of chess in South Africa from the earliest years to WWII and beyond. (A.) Presentation copy from the author. £25.00


4895. Townsend (John): Historical Notes on Some Chess Players.

Self published, 2014. New hardback, green cloth, gilt lettered. 146pp. A collection of biographical notes on some British chess personalities of the 19th Century, some are covered briefly, others in detail. The book is extensively researched and is based on new historical material. Source references are given, and an index of names. Includes three illustrative games, one problem, four diagrams. The final chapter is an update on the author's research into Staunton's former identity. £21.00