Copy no. 161 of an edition of 260. First edition of the first substantive international bibliography of chess, a volume that lists not only the principle works of chess literature from every major chess-playing country of the world, but each nation or continent's leading chess clubs, premier journals, célébrités de l'échiquier, and poetry, and concludes with a section on variétés, where Gay discusses chess automata, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, echecophobes,1 chess in dance, gross chess personalities, rare gambits, chess notation, chess in the visual arts, in war, in law, and in mathematics, and the origins of the game. Uncommon in commerce, with only two exemplars occurring at auction since modern record-keeping began, the principal being the Robert Blass copy sold at Christie's on 8 May 1992 ($472). The present is a very good copy, untrimmed, in original printed yellow wraps. An anastatic reprint, reduced in size, quality, and thickness of paper, was produced in 1981, and is also surprisingly scarce.
Paris: Jules Gay, 1864.
12mo, 193 x 117 x 29 mm. , 299 pp. Yellow printed wraps, with early protective glassine wrappers. Two small chips and a small hole to lower wrap, affecting a few words of printing. Interior: Minor soiling to text block edges. An opened but untrimmed copy.
1A splendid coinage entirely ignored by the OED.
Not in Betts.
Status: On Hold