Chess Monthly

Author: Paul Morphy and Daniel Willard Fiske (editors) from the library of James J Barrett

Publisher: P Miller & Son

Location: New York

Year: 1858

$2,000.00


Description:

vi+398 pages with diagrams. Octavo (9" x6 1/4") bound in half leather with gilt lettering to spine. From the library of James J Barrett. Volume II. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:6389) (Hagedorn: 36) First edition.


This periodical was edited by Daniel Willard Fiske and Paul Morphy. The Problem Department by E B Cook. This was one of the first magazines published in America. It was started in 1857 and lasted until 1861. It was published at the height of Morphy's popularity and presence.

James J. Barrett wrote a few chess columns in the Buffalo area. In a chess magazine begining on page 1 of the March 1948 Chess Review: he wrote a letter of complaint about the magazine’s choice of front-cover photographs. He played a substantial role in Paul Morphy The Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson (New York, 1976), and in the Acknowledgments (page vii) Lawson wrote, ‘I wish particularly to express gratitude for the suggestions and generous help of James J. Barrett, with special reference to the selection, preparation, and proofreading of the games.

Condition:

Bound in half brown leather with gilt lettering to spine. Corners bumped and heavily rubbed, hinges rubbed, some occasional pencil notations and checks through out, book plate of Barrett on front end paper and another plate to front pastedown else a good copy.