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Chess Fundamentals by Jose Raul "J R" Capablanca y Graupera, (1888-1942) signed by the author

vii+246 pages with diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 1/4") bound in original black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind stamped pictorial chess board to front cover. Signed by Capablanca. (Betts:11-24) First edition.Published shortly after he had won t…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$2250.00


Scacchia Ludus: Or, The Game of Chess. A Poem by Vida, Marcus Hieronymus, Bishop of Alba [Marco Girolamo Vida]. English translation by W. Erskine. The Pastorals translated by Mr. Craig

London: A. Millar, 1736. 219 pp., includes both the fold-out frontispiece and the portrait of the author. Boards detatched but present; well-worn, old tape marks. Front board with a chipped free endpaper taped to it; a bookplate on pastedown. Chipping to …

From S.C. Sumner

$1295.00


First Piatigorsky Cup Program by Kashdan, Isaac (1905-1985) Signed or inscribed by all the contestants

The Famous First Piatigorsky Cup Program Signed by the Players who were World ChampionsProgram for the First Piatigorsky Cup: International Grandmaster Chess Tournament July 2 to 27 1963 48 pages with photographs (including photographs of the contestants)…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$2750.00


Cleveland Public Library, John G White Department: Catalog of the Chess Collection (Including Checkers) by Clevland Public Library

2 volumes: [iv]+613 pages; [iv]+578 pages. Folio (14 1/4" x10 1/4") bound in original red gilt lettering to spine. Introduction by George J Maciuszko. (Betts: 1-58) First edition.This catalog consists of some 15,000 items from the chess and checker sec…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$3250.00


Ca. 1817 Antique Chess and Backgammon set, in box made to imitate a two volume folio set and W. Lewis' 2 volume Oriental Chess (1817) by CHESS; BACKGAMMON; W. Lewis

London: J. M. Richardson, 1817. Hardcover. Very Good. Leather-backed boards with marbled foredges with original hinges, bound to imitate a 2 volume folio set of leather bound books. With all 32 original wooden chess pieces (and two extras), and 28 backg…

From Common Crow Books

$1200.00


Emanuel Lasker: Denker, Weltenburger, Schachweltmeister by Richard Forster, (1975- ) Stefan Hansen and Michael Negele (editors) signed and inscribed

xvi+1079 pages with over 500 pictures, 1600 diagrams, 700 games and indexes. Thick quarto (11 1/4" x 8 1/4") bound in original publisher's grey cloth with silver lettering to spine and cover and two ribbon markers. Published for the Lasker Society. Introd…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$5000.00


J R Capablanca Letter to Mario Figuerdo by Capablanca y Graupera, José Raúl (1888-1942) signed

Letter hand written signed by the World Chess Champion Jose CapablancaOne page hand written letter (11" x 8 3/4") on ruled paper to Mario Figuerdo dated February 14, 1939. Signed by Capablanca in his bold hand at the bottom of the letter.In the letter Cap…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$2500.00


The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess Tournament held at New York in 1889 by William Steinitz (1836-1900)

xxxviii+490 pages with table and diagrams. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and black chess pictorial to both covers. Limited to 500 copies. This is copy 88 issued to F M Teed of Brooklyn New York. (Betts…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$2500.00


Winning chess traps. 300 ways to win in the opening by Irving Chernev (1900-1981) signed by Samuel Reshevsky, Jacob Levin, Kathryn Slater, Albert Sandrin Jr, Walter B Suesman and George M Kramer

vi+306 pages with diagrams and index. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 4 3/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Signed by Samuel Reshevsky, Jacob Levin, Kathryn Slater, Albert Sandrin Jr, Walter B Suesman and George M Kramer.…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$200.00


Modern Analysis Of The Chess Openings by Frank James Marshall (1877-1944) inscribed by the author

82 pages with frontispiece, diagrams and photographs. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5") bound in original publisher's grey cloth with lettering in black to cover and edges in black cross-hatch. Inscribed by Marshall. (Betts: 14-7) First edition. The author comme…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$500.00


Chess Made Easy: or, The Games of Gioachino Greco, the Calabrian; with Additional Games and Openings, illustrated with Remarks and General Rules by Greco, Gioachino

London: J. and P. Knapton ... and W. Standby ., 1750. Second edition. Engraved frontispiece by I.S. Müller after the drawing by C.D. Moor + one engraved double-page plate. xxiv, 212, [1, errata] pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Full period calf gilt, spine gilt with r…

From James Cummins Bookseller

$3750.00


Schorr, J by Schachkongreß Teplitz-Schönau im Oktober 1922

664 pages with diagrams, tables, plates and indexes. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") in original decorative binding. Notes by Grünfeld and Beeker. Includes 214 pages on chess problems which in turn includes a part on retrograde analysis by Kluver. (Biblio…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$5000.00


Benjamin Franklin and Chess in Early America: A Review of the Literature by Hagedorn, Ralph Karl

[4]+[7]-92 pages with 8 plates and appendix. Octavo (9" x 6 3/4") issued in black cloth with red and white lettering to spine. Inscribed by author. (Betts: 1-55). First edition. Contains the text of Franklin's The morals of Chess; a commentary on this ess…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$125.00


The Celebrated Analysis of the Game of Chess, Translated from the French of A D Philidor; with Notes and Considerable Additions, including Fifty-Six New Chess Problems by Walker, George (1803-1879)

xxxiii+[2]+251 pages with diagrams. Small octavo (7" 4 1/2") bound in original pebbled cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:495) First edition.George Walker (13 March 1803 – 23 April 1879) was an English chess …

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$1200.00


A Primer of Chess by Jose Raul "J R" Capablanca y Graupera, (1888-1942) inscribed by the author

xxix+281 pages with diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine with blind-stamped chess board to covers. Inscribed by Capablanca on front end paper. (Betts: 10-136) First American edition.This …

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA

$2000.00


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