Author: Lasker, Emanuel (1868-1941) [editor]
Publisher: Emanuel Lasker
Place: New York
2 volumes bound in one. 288 pages with index and diagrams; 288pp. with diagrams and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 7") Rebound in brown cloth with black lettering to spine and cover. Contributors: Barry, Marshall, Napier and Schowalter, current happenings in the chess world from 1904-1905 with tournaments and games played. End game problems in each issued. (Betts: 7-51) First edition.
Lasker's Chess Magazine ran a total of nine half-yearly volumes from November 1904 to January 1909. Besides being World Champion, the multifaceted Lasker was also engaged in his noted mathematical and philosophical researches, and editing his own magazine allowed him to keep in touch with the chess world without having to stray too far from his study. He had obviously taken heed of Steinitz's mixed experiences more than a decade previous as editor of his own International Chess Magazine and ensured both that the content was highly accessible (each issue carried his beginner's guide, A Course of Instruction in Ye Ancient Game of Chesse), and that the magazine was adequately financed (Professor Rice had a hand in this). Hannak, in his Lasker biography, commented, It didn't just contain the usual collection of games and problems, coupled with a few news items, it went much deeper, revealing more of the meaning and background of chess than any previous chess editor had attempted. Indeed, in an early editorial Lasker rails zealously against the contemporary chess periodicals.
Some internal soiling and fingering, some damp stains. Over all a very good rebound copy of a scarce chess item.