Le Palamede de, reve mensuelle des Echecs et Autres Jeux

Author: Saint-Amant, Pierre Charles Fournier de (1800-1872)

Publisher: Bureau de la Revue au Cercle des Echecs

Location: Paris

Year: 1841-42



339 pages with diagrams, illustrations and index. Royal ocatavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in quarter leather with gilt lettering to spine over red boards. Volume one of the second era. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:6013) First edition.

In 1836, fans of Cafe de la Regence at the French Place du Theatre in Paris, and friends of Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais, decided to create a magazine, named Le Palamede, which would show the beauty on the game of chess. The French, recognized as the best players in the world; since, in 1834 La Bourdonnais met Irish master Alexander MacDonnell in a series of six matches, with La Bourdonnais winning (+45, =13, -27) overall, and created a fervor for the game not only in England but France as well. The publication began in 1836 and the premature death of the Bourdonnais in 1840, interrupted for two years the publication of Palamedes, before it was revived in December 1841 by Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant, his successor in the supremacy of the Cafe de la Regence; who continued publishing it until the end of 1847. The magazine lived another five years, with nearly 300 subscribers, before dying in 1847. It was named after Palamedes, the inventor of dice in Greek mythology.


Spine heavily scuffed, corners badly bruised and worn and rubbed through, previous owner's tag to front pastedown, foxing and occasional marginalia else a good copy.