Author: Dufresne, Jean (1829-1873)
Publisher: Philipp Reclam jun
3 volumes: 213 pages with diagrams; volume 2, 263 pages with diagrams; volume 3, 229 pages with diagrams and index. sextodecimo (5 1/2" x 4") volumes 1 and 2 issued in wrappers, volume 3 bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. Chess problems selected by Jean Dufresne. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:2450) First edition.
There were a total of six volumes in the series, each about 14/15 cm x 10cm. Four are entitled "Schachaufgaben I, II, III" (700pp) Schachaufgaben 2" (262pp), "Schachaufgaben" (450pp), and "Schachaufgaben 5" (236pp); the fifth (dark grey spine, 198pp) is anonymous as to cover. All contain volumes of "Schachaufgaben" by J. Dufresne, H. von Gottschall, and J. Mieses. "Schachaufgaben I, II, III" contains volumes I, II, III, all by Dufresne; "Schachaufgaben 2", volume II only; "Schachaufgaben", volumes III (Dufresne) and IV (von Gottschall); "Schachaufgaben 5", volume V (von Gottschall); the anonymous volume, volume VI (Mieses). Together, they contain some 1680 problems of all types, with introductory material; in German. Philipp Reclam jun, Leipzig; volume I undated, but a reference in volume II dates it to 1881; volume II, foreword dated 1882; volume III, foreword dated 1887; volume IV, foreword dated 1898; volume V, foreword dated 1908; volume VI, foreword dated 1926.
Volume one wrappers detached, edge wear, previous owner's name on front wrapper and title, lacks spine, volume 2 wrappers creased and worn at the edges, old newspaper chess problem tipped into front wrapper verso, volume three light edge wear a good set, internally very good.