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Lot 43. Chesse-Play, Greco

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Seller: Baburin
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Current Price: 2,360.00
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Description: Lot 43. Greco, The Royall Game of Chesse-Play. Sometimes the recreation of the late King with many of the nobility. 1656. frontis, [xvi] 120 p [2] errata; some page cropping & a partial loss of typographic border (as always). Later full calf binding, blind stamped and gilt. Very firm throughout. This is a fine and complete copy of a very rare item. Contains all preliminary material. It also has the final leaf 'The Stationer to the Ingenious Chesse-Player'. It is the first of the great chess books to have its first edition in English and one of the five most important early works on chess. It is the first best-game collection, and is the first book to print complete games played over the board. The verb 'castle' first appears here. More information can be found in Murray p 827-839; van der Linde 'Geschichte' I-361/7. This is the first edition. The frontis, an engraved portrait of Charles I. is very interesting. Printed during the time that Cromwell was Lord Protector of England, publication of the King’s portrait was considered an act of sedition and very few copies had it included. Beale (the editor) Herringman (publisher} and Stent (engraver} had royalist sympathies and circulated the portrait copies privately. The British Chess Magazine stated in 1974 that only 20 such copies are known to exist. That may not be exactly true but it is certain that the book in this condition and completeness is exceedingly rare.

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Bid History
MemberDateBid
pototaSat Apr 1 18:28:42 2006 2360.00
-(elcano92 adjusted proxy bid) -
elcano92Sat Apr 1 10:04:36 2006 2000.00
pototaFri Mar 31 23:56:20 2006 1749.60
-(ComputoJon placed a bid at 1749.60 euro) -
pototaFri Mar 31 23:37:47 2006 1620.00
degrisyFri Mar 31 23:24:32 2006 1500.00

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