A treatise on the game of chess: containing the games on odds, from the Traite des Amateurs: the games of the celebrated anonymous Modenese; a variety of games actually Played; and a cotalogue of writers on Chess

Author: Cochrane, John (1798-1878)

Publisher: Printed for T and J Allman

Location: London

Year: 1822



ix+[blank]+xiii-xv+[blank]+Errata leaf+376 pages with frontispiece and catalog of writers on the game of chess. Octavo (9" x 5 1/2") bound in half leather with gilt lettering to spine. (Whyld and Ravillious: 1822:6). First edition.

John Cochrane (1798-1878), Scottish Master, did not achieve note as player who had big practical successes. Spending most of his life in India (1824-69), his clashes against top players occurred during 1841-42, while on vacation in London. Cochrane played on equal terms against George Walker (1803-1879), William Davies Evans (1790-1872), and others. He even managed to win a match (6-4) against the Frenchman Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant (1800-1872), though in a series of games against Howard Staunton (1810-1874) he was defeated convincingly. All his preserved games show a player totally committed to tactics, a player who liked to attack and sacrifice, sometimes beyond reasonable risk.


Rebound in half red leather, some pencil notations through out else a very good copy.