Author: Sergeant, Philip Walsingham (1872-1952)
Publisher: David McKay Co
 11+384 pages with frontispiece, 15 plates, tables and index, Octavo ((8 3/4" x 5 3/4") issued in green cloth with gilt lettering and stamped ruled edges to front cover. (Betts: 6-4) First American edition.
A history of chess activity, organization and players, 1830-1934. This is a comprehensive work, including year by year details of tournaments, matches, major club activities and important publications, with accounts of the outstanding characters and controversies of the day. The appendix gives tables of results of all tournaments, Oxford v Cambridge matches, international team matches and lists the champions of leading clubs, the British and Commonwealth champions and the winners of the county championships. Illustrations include portrait photographs of important figures.
Spine gilt dulled, rubbing to spine ends, some soiling, previous owner's gift inscription to front end paper, book plate of Paul Frederick on front paste down. About a very good copy lacking jacket.