A History of Board-Games other Than Chess

Author: Murray, Harold James Ruthven (1868-1955)

Publisher: Oxford at the Clarendon Press

Location: London

Year: 1952



xiv+267 pages with figures, tables, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 ;1/4") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original pictorial jacket. First edition.

Much has been written about the importance of play in general as a "Cultural phenomenon", and descriptions of their games, but, although E B Tylor used games to support his view that American culture was of Asiatic parentship, and Stewart Culin so long ago as 1896 wrote that "the compartative study of games is one that promises an important contribution to the history of culture", little has been done to compare the board-gsames of different peoples or to trace their origin and diffusion. In the book Harold Murray, who in his History of Chess (1913) has already explored the history and diffusion of chess, describes the remaining board-games which are played in different parts of the world, and discusses their diffusion and origin.


Corners and head edge bumped, preliminary pages, pastedowns and page edges foxed. Jacket price clipped, spine ends chipped, hinges and spine torn, edge wear with tears and small chips, spine age toned else about very good in a better than good, but scarce jacket.