Author: Frank James Marshall (1877-1944) inscribed by the author
Publisher: American Chess Bulletin
Place: New York
[vii]+130+[vi index] pages with frontispiece, diagrams, errata an index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6") bound in original publisher's burgundy cloth with gilt lettering to cover. Inscribed by the author. (Betts: 29-71) First edition.
Contains an introduction, opening analysis and 127 games with indexes of openings and players.
Frank James Marshall was the U.S. Chess Champion from 1909 to 1936, and one of the world's strongest chess players in the early part of the 20th century. He began playing chess at the age of 10, and by 1890 (aged 13) was one of the leading players in Montreal.
He won the 1904 Cambridge Springs International Chess Congress (scoring 13/15, ahead of World Champion Emanuel Lasker) and the U.S. Congress in 1904, but did not get the national title because the U.S. champion at that time, Harry Nelson Pillsbury, did not compete. In 1906 Pillsbury died and Marshall again refused the championship title until he won it in competition in 1909.