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Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Thursday 29th November 2018: 1:00pm GMT

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Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500

Hammer Price: £7,000

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Chess.- [Saul (Arthur)] The Famous Game of Chesse-Play. Being a Princely exercise; wherein the Learner may profit more by reading of this small Book, than by playing of a thousand Mates, edited by Jo. Barbier, sixth edition, with both initial and final blanks, woodcut vignette of chess-players on title (repeated twice in text) and illustration of chessboard, woodcut initials, typographical ornaments, browned, some soiling and staining, dedication (A3) slightly defective at fore-edge not affecting text, D2 defective at lower outer corner with very slight loss to last line and catchword, contemporary sprinkled sheep, rubbed and slightly splayed, spine and corners a little worn, [Wing S730a], 8vo, for William Miller, 1673.

⁂ The first published work on chess in English written by an Englishman, first published in 1614, of which all editions are uncommon. Of this edition ESTC lists only 2 copies in the National Library of Scotland, and 2 in America (Cleveland and Philadelphia).

Full Lot Details

Chess.- [Saul (Arthur)] The Famous Game of Chesse-Play. Being a Princely exercise; wherein the Learner may profit more by reading of this small Book, than by playing of a thousand Mates, edited by Jo. Barbier, sixth edition, with both initial and final blanks, woodcut vignette of chess-players on title (repeated twice in text) and illustration of chessboard, woodcut initials, typographical ornaments, browned, some soiling and staining, dedication (A3) slightly defective at fore-edge not affecting text, D2 defective at lower outer corner with very slight loss to last line and catchword, contemporary sprinkled sheep, rubbed and slightly splayed, spine and corners a little worn, [Wing S730a], 8vo, for William Miller, 1673.

⁂ The first published work on chess in English written by an Englishman, first published in 1614, of which all editions are uncommon. Of this edition ESTC lists only 2 copies in the National Library of Scotland, and 2 in America (Cleveland and Philadelphia).