Author: Charles Devide (c1858-?) and L. D. Broughton, Jr editors
Publisher: William Borsodi
Place: New York
viii+664 pages with photographs, tables, illustrations, facsimiles, period advertisements and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 7") bound in flex leather with gilt lettering to spine. (Betts: 7-45) First edition.
American Chess Magazine which started from June 1897 only lasted into 1899 before coming to an end. It certainly gave value for money, mixing much prose on club life and personalities with annotated games, problems, books reviews and many other items. Volume I. ran from the June 1897 issue to the April-May 1898 double number. Here you can find an early Napier - Marshall game in an Albin Counter Gambit. Marshall won, but the 16-year-old Napier was very successful at the time, beating Steinitz in one game and defeating many prominent New Yorkers. There are also games of Pillsbury and Showalter (they played two matches in the period covered by American Chess Magazine) as well as Charousek, Tarrasch and Chigorin. There is even a game by Franklin K Young in a cable match against Britain. There are many information from different American local chess clubs, reports from the Berlin International Tournament, Llanduno Tournament, New York Sun Tournament, the Vienna Tournament and from many matches. An in depth report on early chess literature, many facsimiles from the Gilberg collection. A report on the first International Ladies Chess Congress held in London. All in all, a wonderful production that provides an insight into chess of a century ago.
Edge wear, some check marks and occasional marginalia, corners bumped and rubbed, tear at back head hinge else about very good of a truly scarce chess periodical.