An Easy Introduction to the Game of Chess: containing one hundered Examples of Games, and a Great Variety of Critical Situations and Conclusions; including the whole of Philidor


Publisher: M Carey and Son

Location: Philadelphia

Year: 1817



[26 ad]+282+[2 ad] pages. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 4 3/4") bound in original stiff boards with spine label in black lettering. (Hagedorn: 3. 1817) First American edition.

This is the third book published in the United States and was not noted by Fiske in his bibliographical work. A revised edition was also published in 1817. Fisk first notes this in 1824, as a reprint of the London 1806 edition and notes that it was reprinted in England in 1809, 1813, 1819 and at other times. The name of the compiler has never been made public. The miscellaneous collection of anecdotes, essays and poems at the end is not without interest.


Corners bumped and rubbed, paper hinges cracked, spine rubbed, former owner's label on front paste down else a good to very good copy of a very scarce chess item.