Benjamin Franklin and Chess in Early America: A Review of the Literature

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Author: Hagedorn, Ralph Karl inscribed

Year: 1958

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

Place: Philadelphia


[4]+[7]-92 pages with 8 plates and appendix. Octavo (9" x 6 3/4") issued in black cloth with red and white lettering to spine. Inscribed by author. (Betts: 1-55). First edition. Contains the text of Franklin's The morals of Chess; a commentary on this essay with historical notes; Franklin's other writings on chess, the result of research by the author among his various works; Chess in America to 1859: a bibliography, a revised edition of Fiske's American Chess Bibliography, retaining Fiske's entries but including twice the number of items that Fiske had discovered in 1859; a list of the various printings of The morals'; a further account of the automation chess player, previously mentioned in the historical account; a number of illustrations, including a portrait of Franklin, and a picture of the automation. The bibliography gives full details of each title and locations of copies in selected U S libraries.


Pages beginning to age tone, author's inscription on front end paper. Jacket lightly soiled, spine ends chipped else a very good copy in like jacket.