Publisher: J Walker; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown
+254 with frontispiece of chessboard. duodecimo (7" x 4 1/2") bound in half leather with marbled boards and end papers, gilt lettering over a black label on spine, gilt decoration to cover and spine. Contains Sir William Jones' poem "Cassia: or The Game of Chess, A Poem"; based upon Pratt's "Studies of Chess". (Van der Linde: 611) Third English edition.
This was first published in London by Ogilvie in 1802 (2 volumes). First published in America in 1817 and reprinted in 1824. The name of the compiler has never been established. The miscellaneous collection of anecdotes, essays and poems at the end is not without interest. The openings and games are all in the numerical notation and no diagrams are given. (Hagedorn: 55p)
Original spine label chipped, hinges rubbed, spine front head cracked, corners and edges rubbed, corners bumped else about very good.