Chess in old Russia
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Author: Linder, Isaak Maxovich (1920- ) inscribed

Year: 1979

Publisher: Michael Kuhnle

Place: Zurich

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192+[2 ad] pages with frontispiece, diagrams, illustrations, plates, figures, facsimiles, maps, tables and bibliography. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") bound in pictorial stiff boards. Translated by Martin P Rice. Inscribed (Lusis: 119) First edition.

This work is the result of a comprehensive study of numerous chess finds made by Soviet archaeological expeditions, Russian and foreign chess terminology, the Russian heroic pics (byliny), accounts about chess written by foreign travelers in Russia and other related materials. The Book traces the profound interconnected relations between Old Russian chess history and the nation's entire culture on the one hand, and the development of chess in the countries of the East ad West on the other. Thea author has attempted to determine and define the natural evolution of chess figures from the Eastern symbolism of the early Middle Ages to their contemporary form. In addition, the book's introductory section examines the problem of chess's origins, which have been discussed by scholars of many countries for almost two centuries, in lights of the most recent discoveries made by Soviet archaeologists in Central Asia.

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Author's inscription to title, spine heal bumped else a near fine copy.