Selection of Games at Chess, Actually Played in London, by the late Alexander M'Donnell, Esq

Author: Walker, William Greenwood (?-1834)

Publisher: Thomas H Hurst

Location: London

Year: 1836



vii+280 pages with appendix. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/4") bound in three quarter leather with marbled boards with gilt lettering to spine. (Whyld: 1836-13) First edition.

Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) was the son of a Belfast doctor and the strongest player from either Britain or Ireland before the rise of Staunton. In contemporary publications his name was sometimes printed as M'Donnell and he is not to be confused with the Dublin-born Rev G.A. MacDonnell (1830-1899) who had some good results in the 1860s and 1870s and lived until 1899. MacDonnell is best known for being the loser of the first known Evans Gambit game (to Capt. William Evans himself) and for his marathon series of matches against the French champion Labourdonnais in 1834. (Tim Harding)


Corners bumped, rebacked with original spine, previous owner's name liberally stamped through out, some occasional light pencil marginalia, front end papers with various notes and writing from previous owners with their names, a previous owners' name on title else good to very good of a scarce item.