Dubuque Chess Journal, The

Author: Brownson, Orestes Augustus (1828-1892)

Publisher: A O Brownson

Location: Dubuque, IA

Year: 1870



148 pages with pictorial title and diagrams. Small octavo (7 3/4"x 5 1/4") bound in period half leather with gilt lettering to spine with four raised spine bands over pebbled cloth. Lacks number VIII pages, 97-116 and number X is bound out of order. From the library of Borje Borjesson. (Betts: 7-14) Volume 1. First edition.

Title variations: numbers 1-73 Dubuque Chess Journal; numbers 74-84, 99-106 Brownson's Chess Journal; numbers 85-98, 107-160 The Chess Journal. Publication suspended from 1876 to December 1877, when it was superseded by The American Chess Journal, which commenced publication as number 74; resumed publication, simultaneously, as Brownson's Chess Journal with the February 1877 issue, also number 74. Publication also suspended between 1878 and 1886. Numbers 133-160 have caption title Brownson's Chess Journal. The Dubuque Chess Journal was a widely respected publication edited by Orestes Augustus Brownson and was published in the offices of the Dubuque Herald from August, 1870 until it was sold in 1876. The publication was one of two internationally which was exclusively dedicated to chess. After the publication was sold, it was then published in Hannibal, Missouri until June, 1892. The Journal had eighteen volumes and 160 issues. Well known by chess problem "composers" and students around the world, the publication contained short stories with chess themes; chess poetry; chess news from chess clubs in the United States, Europe and Australia; and obituaries of prominent chess players. Brownson was known at the time for his collection of chess problems by American "composers" and by his "Elementary exercises in the construction of Chess Problems". In 1872 Brownson wrote The Book of the Second American Chess Congress Held at Cleveland, Ohio He sold his interest in the Journal including manuscripts and books in 1876 to Russell & Hallock of Hannibal, Missouri who published the Journal from there.

Borje Borjesson(1901-1980) was an avid chess collector and had decorative book plates designed for his collection. The article Chess Bookplates was printed in Bookplate International 1999, volume 6, Number 2 describing: "The chessboard of Borje Borjesson bookplate ranks among the luxury boards with black and gold squares as the background to some stylish chessmen. The elegant set was designed by the Swedish artist Arthur Sjogren in 1923 as seen in the book plate affixed to this copy.


Lacks number VIII. Some light rubbing to hinges, book plate to front pastedown with old institutional stamp else a very good copy of a scarce publication.