A Collection of Two Hundred Chess Problems ... including the Problems to which the Prizes were awarded by the Committees of the Era, the Manchester, the Birmingham and the Bristol Chess Problem Tournaments

Author: Healey, Francis

Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co

Location: London

Year: 1866



xii+266 pages with frontispiece and diagrams. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/4") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind stamped cover. Solution at the back. (van der Linde: 1091; Betts: 33-38) First edition.

Frank Healey was a famous English chess player, but above all a composer of chess problems. He published in 1866 a collection of 200 chess own compositions, which he regarded as decidedly aesthetic, indeed poetic achievements. "Problems are true poetry of chess. The same depth of imagination, the same keen perception of beauty, the same fertility of invention, we ask the poet, can be found in another form in the humble labors of problem composers. Certainly one can say, without the analogy to span that the 32 stones representing the alphabet of the composer, while the chess is his paper, and finally resulting positions can be quite compared with as many stanzas."


Lightly soiled, corners bumped, light rubbing to extremities, previous owner's name on front paste down, spine darkened. A very good copy issued without jacket.