Author: Wilhelm Steinitz (1836-1900)
Publisher: G P Putnam's sons
Place: New York and London
xlii+193 pages with tables, diagrams and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's brown pebbled cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial chess board to cover. (Betts: 14-1) First edition.
The first section is elementary, containing introductory and general material not specifically devoted to the opening. The main part of the work comprises an analysis of the openings in tabular form, including, in addition to the tables, a number of illustrative games. Each right-hand page carries notes augmenting the analysis in the tables, and annotations to the games. Openings covered in this volume are the Ruy Lopez, Three Knights' Game, Scotch Gambit, Two Knights' Defense Petroff's Defense and Philidor's Defense. A final section analyses the games of the Steinitz-Chigorin match.
Part 2 of this work was a small and very rare pamphlet published in 1895.
Front inner hinge cracked, some foxing, shaken, spine ends rubbed, gilt dulled and rubbed on spine else a good copy.