Author: Saul, Arthur
Publisher: Walter J Johson, Inc and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Ltd
Place: Norwood, NJ and Amsterdam
 pages with illustrations. Duodecimo (6 1/4" x 4 1/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with black label to cover and spine with lettering in gilt. The English Experience number 691. (Lusis: 2578). Photoprint of the 1614 edition. Printed for R Jackson, London.
The first published treatise on chess written by an Englishman and based on no previous work, dedicated to Lucy, Countess of Bedford. Although the content of the book is minimal and weak, the work does address the social and advantages associated with the game. Saul's work remains known for its classification of checkmates. Queen Mate; The Bishop's Mate; the Pawnes Mate; and a fooles Mate. Regardless of its content, the book stands apart from other English chess books in that it is the first original chess treatise. (David deLucia's Chess Library).
A near fine copy.