Author: Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais (1795-1840) from the library of Lothar Schmid
Publisher: Bureau de la Revue au Cercle des Echecs
543 pages with pictorial title, tables and diagrams. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") bound in half leather with six raised spine binds with labels in gilt lettering over marbled boards. Volume 2. From the library of Lothar Schmid. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 6013) First edition.
In 1836, fans of Cafe de la Regence at the French Place du Theatre in Paris, and friends of Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais, decided to create a magazine, named Le Palamede, which would show the beauty on the game of chess. The French, recognized as the best players in the world; since, in 1834 La Bourdonnais met Irish master Alexander MacDonnell in a series of six matches, with La Bourdonnais winning (+45, =13, -27) overall, and created a fervor for the game not only in England but France as well. The publication began in 1836 and the premature death of the Bourdonnais in 1840, interrupted for two years the publication of Palamedes, before it was revived in December 1841 by Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant, his successor in the supremacy of the Cafe de la Regence; who continued publishing it until the end of 1847. The magazine lived another five years, with nearly 300 subscribers, before dying in 1847. It was named after Palamedes, the inventor of dice in Greek mythology.
Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid (1928-2013) became one of Germany's strongest grandmasters, winner of countless medals at Olympiads and team championships. Internationally he was known as the arbiter in great matches, and a one of the world's leading collectors of chess books.
Schimd's sticker to front end paper. Raised spine band rubbed, corners bumped, some foxing else a very good copy.