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Alain Campbell White Letters to Frederick Gamage by White, Alain Campbell (1880-1951) signed

Alain Campbell White letters to Frederick Gamage cover the years from April 4, 1935 to September 15, 1944. For this ten year period there are 364 dated letters and 28 incomplete letters (lacking front date page). The letters are an ongoing correspondence ...

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First and Second Piatigorsky Cup with Programs by Kashdan, Isaac (1905-1985) Signed or inscribed by all the contestants and Jacqueline Piatigorsky

2 volumes: xix+240 pages with frontispiece, illustrations (including portraits) table, diagrams and index; xxxiii+288 pages with illustrations, table, diagrams and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") volume one issued in red with silver lettering to spi...

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Schorr, J by Schachkongreß Teplitz-Schönau im Oktober 1922

664 pages with diagrams, tables, plates and indexes. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") in original decorative binding. Notes by Grünfeld and Beeker. Includes 214 pages on chess problems which in turn includes a part on retrograde analysis by Kluver. (Biblio...

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Chess Made Easy: or, The Games of Gioachino Greco, the Calabrian; with Additional Games and Openings, illustrated with Remarks and General Rules by Greco, Gioachino

London: J. and P. Knapton ... and W. Standby ., 1750. Second edition. Engraved frontispiece by I.S. Müller after the drawing by C.D. Moor + one engraved double-page plate. xxiv, 212, [1, errata] pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Full period calf gilt, spine gilt wit...

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Traité des échecs et recueil des parties jouées au tournoi international de 1900 by Rosenthal, Samuel (1837-1902)

460 pages with frontispiece and index. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/4") bound in half blue cloth with raised spine bands and gilt lettering to spine and marbled boards. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5256) First edition.Like the historic London comp...

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J R Capablanca Letter to Mario Figuerdo by Capablanca y Graupera, José Raúl (1888-1942) signed

One page hand written letter (11" x 8 3/4") on ruled paper to Mario Figuerdo dated February 14, 1939. Signed by Capablanca in his bold hand at the bottom of the letter.In the letter Capablanca discussed Alekhine and responds to many discussions which were...

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The Community of the Future by Lasker, Emanuel (1868-1941) Singed by the author

295 pages. small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Signed by the author. First edition.At the end of his life Lasker wrote "The Community of the Future" - a book in which he tried to put down ...

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Cleveland Public Library, John G White Department: Catalog of the Chess Collection (Including Checkers) by Clevland Public Library

2 volumes: [iv]+613 pages; [iv]+578 pages. Folio (14 1/4" x10 1/4") bound in original red gilt lettering to spine. Introduction by George J Maciuszko. (Betts: 1-58) First edition.This catalog consists of some 15,000 items from the chess and checker sec...

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1960 Gran Torneo Internacional Sequicentenario Federacio Argentina de Ajedrez Wolfgang Uhlmann and Robert James Fischer (score sheet) by Uhlmann, Wolfgang (1935- ) and Robert James Fischer (1943-2008) signed

1960. Signed by Robert Fischer one of the few losses by Fischer.(10 1/2" x 6 3/4") original carbon score sheet in Wolfgang Uhlmann's hand with score on both sides and signedon the verso by both contestants Wolfgang Uhlmann and Robert J Fischer. Played Jul...

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Za Sahovsku Krunu Spaski-Fiser by Trifunovic, Petar (1910-1980) signed by Robert Fischer and Boris Spassky

191 pages with photographs, diagrams and tables. Small octavo (7 1/2 x 4 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Signed by both contestants. First Hungarian edition.The World Chess Championship 1972 was a match for the World Chess Champion...

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Chess Made Easy: or, the Games of Gioachino Greco, the Calabrian; with Additional Games and Openings, Illustrated with Remarks and General Rules.. by Greco, Gioachino

London: J. and P. Knapton and W. Sandby, 1750. Second edition. Very good overall. A copy signed by C. J. Lambert, talented British provincial player 1870-early 1900s, signed and dated Nov. 30th 1868; a copy which passed through two important English che...

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THE GAME OF THE CHESS. (Chesse). DELUXE EDITION. by CAXTON, William. Vincent Figgins.:

London: John Russell Smith, 1855.. FIRST EDITION 1855 (date at bottom of last page, May1st 1855) of Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition. Reproduced in Facsimile from a Copy in the British Museum. With a Few Remarks on Caxto...

From Roger Middleton


The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess Tournament held at New York in 1889 by Steinitz, William (1836-1900)

New York: Sixth American Chess Congress, 1891 xxxviii+490 pages with table and diagrams. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and black chess pictorial to both covers. Limited to 500 copies. This is copy 88 i...

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Scacchia Ludus: Or, The Game of Chess. A Poem by Vida, Marcus Hieronymus, Bishop of Alba [Marco Girolamo Vida]. English translation by W. Erskine. The Pastorals translated by Mr. Craig

London: A. Millar, 1736. 219 pp., includes both the fold-out frontispiece and the portrait of the author. Boards detatched but present; well-worn, old tape marks. Front board with a chipped free endpaper taped to it; a bookplate on pastedown. Chipping to ...

From S.C. Sumner


Ca. 1817 Chess and Backgammon set, in box made to imitate a two volume folio set and W. Lewis' 2 volume Oriental Chess (1817) by CHESS; BACKGAMMON; W. Lewis

London: J. M. Richardson, 1817. Hardcover. Very Good. Leather-backed boards with marbled foredges with original hinges, bound to imitate a 2 volume folio set of leather bound books. With all 32 original wooden chess pieces (and two extras), and 28 backg...

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