Author: Rudolf Charousek (1873-1900) edited by Philip Walsingham Sergeant
Publisher: George Bell & Sons
xi+220+[2 ad] pages with frontispiece, diagrams and indices. Small octavo (7 1/4" x 5") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine in a facsimile jacket. (Betts: 29-30) First edition.
Contains all known games played by Charousek, 146 including consultation games, annotated from various sources. Rudolf Charousek was a Czech born Hungarian chess player. One of the top ten players in the world during the 1890s, he had a short career, dying at the age of 26 from tuberculosis. Reuben Fine wrote of him "Playing over his early games is like reading Keats's poetry: you cannot help feeling a grievous, oppressive sense of loss, of promise unfulfilled". He learned to play chess in his early teenage years, and his international debut came at the Nuremberg Tournament of 1896. Although he failed to win a prize, he defeated World Champion Emanuel Lasker in their individual encounter. Later that year he tied Mikhail Chigorin for first place at Budapest, and then took clear first place in the Berlin tournament of 1897. After these and other successes, Lasker remarked, "I shall have to play a championship match with this man someday." This did not happen, however, due to Charousek's death.
Previous owner's stamp to front end paper, spine gilt dulled, spin ends rubbed, light edge wear else very good in like facsimile jacket.