The Chess Reader: The Royal Game in World Literature

Author: Salzmann, Jerome (compiler)

Publisher: Greenberg

Location: New York

Year: 1949



xvii+366 pages with fourteen plates. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher dark green cloth with gilt lettering to spine with blind-stamped pawn to cover. Produced under the editorial supervision of Elliott W McDowell. (Betts: 43-69) First edition.

A collection of 108 items from general and chess literature, with poetry, essays, short stories and extracts from Chaucer, Froissart, Lydgate, Arabian Nights, Huon of Bordeaux, Vida, Castiglione, Montaigne, Rabelais, Middleton, Fletcher, Robert Burton, Luther, Rousseau, Voltair, Philidor, Sir William Jones, William Pitt, Franklin, Lamb, Hazlitt, Poe, Dostoesky, Tolstoy, Stevenson, Ruskin, Alfred Bionet, Lewis Carroll, Wells, Capablanca, Forster, Eliot, Gorki and others. Complete works included ar Zweig's The Royal Game, Goldsmith's translation of Vida's Game of chess, Franklin's Morals, Poe's Maelzel's chess player, Bierce's Moxon's master, Lord Dunsany's Three sailor's gambit, Ernest Jones's The problem of Pual Morphy, Fiske's Chess in Hades. The illustrations are chiefly reproduction of old paintings and prints.


Points gently bumped and rubbed else a very good copy lacking jacket.