Ludus Scacchiae: Chess-play: a game, both pleasant, wittie, and politicke: with certain brief instructions therevnto belonging, translated out of the Italian into the English tongue: containing also therein, a prety and pleasant poem of a whole game playe

Author: Contributors: Damiano, de Odemira; Marco Girolamo Vida; James Rowbothum; G. B.; G. W. B.; Claude Gruget; G Blochimo

Publisher: Harding and Wright

Location: London

Year: 1806?

$500.00


Description:

[16]+30+[2] pages with illustrations and diagram. Small quarto (10 1/2" x 7 1/2") in original boards and paper spine. 50 copies printed. Also appears as an appendix to the reprint of The paradise of dainty deuices by Richard Edwards (1810). (Whyld and Ravilious:1806:6) Reprint of the 1597 edition, variously dated 1806, 1809 and 1810.

Slightly modernized extracts from the anonymous 1562 English translation of Questo libro da imparare giocare a scachi by Damiano of Odemira (signed G B), together with "Sacchia ludus" (English translation of the poem by Marco Girolamo Vida, signed W. [G] B) and a final leaf of verse "to the reader" (signed: G B) Some authorities have identified GB as G Blochimo, but this is an error (See "Chess bibliography", Chess Monthly volume 5, 1861 pages 134-6. The true identity of G B is unknown.

Condition:

Spine label missing, spine chipped away, corners bumped, some foxing through out else about very good of a scarce chess item.