Author: Hume, George (1862-1936) from the library of Kenneth S Howard
Publisher: Whitehead and Miller
+158+[1 blank]+[1 ad] pages with diagrams, figures, and solutions. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover and blind-stamped ruled edges to cover. Christmas greeting tipped in. From the library of Kenneth Howard. A C White's Christmas series number 25. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 2652; Whyld 25; Betts 33-85) First edition.
A collection of Whites sketches, mainly humorous, previously published in various periodicals. With 109 problems by White and other composers. Index of authors.
A. C. White Christmas Series was popular series which ran from 1905 through 1936. the publisher of the series was chess composer and enthusiast Alain Campbell White (1880-1951). White sent most books of the series to his friends as Christmas gifts. But they were offered for sale, too. The series consists of 44 books on problem chess and one pamphlet from 1912. Most books are hard covers, bound in red cloth with gold lettering, usually written in English, sometimes in German and French and one was partially in Czech. Most of the books have a printed Christmas wish slip by White, usually bound in after a title page. It appears that a part of the editions of some books have wish slips and some parts do not. The number of copies published of separate volumes is unknown for the most part. (Karel Morky)
Kenneth Howard was a chess problem composer. He wrote several books about chess composition: The enjoyment of chess problems (1943), How to solve chess problems (1945), and One hundred years of the American two-move chess problem; a collection of 212 compositions by United States problemists (1962).
Howard's signature to the front paste down, front board creased, corners bumped, spine ends and corners rubbed else good to very good.