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Alain Campbell White Letters to Frederick Gamage by White, Alain Campbell (1880-1951) signed

Alain Campbell White letters to Frederick Gamage cover the years from April 4, 1935 to September 15, 1944. For this ten year period there are 364 dated letters and 28 incomplete letters (lacking front date page). The letters are an ongoing correspondence …

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$15,000.00


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

$5,000.00


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

$3,750.00


The Community of the Future by Lasker, Emanuel (1868-1941) Singed by the author

295 pages. small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Signed by the author. First edition.At the end of his life Lasker wrote "The Community of the Future" - a book in which he tried to put down …

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$3,250.00


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

$3,250.00


Traité des échecs et recueil des parties jouées au tournoi international de 1900 by Rosenthal, Samuel (1837-1902)

460 pages with frontispiece and index. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/4") bound in half blue cloth with raised spine bands and gilt lettering to spine and marbled boards. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5256) First edition.Like the historic London comp…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$3,000.00


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

$2,750.00


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

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…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$2,675.00


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

$2,500.00


Spassky-Fischer das Grosste Schach-Duell der Geschichte by Alexander, Conel Hugh O'Donel (1909-1974) signed by Robert "Bobby" Fischer and Boris Spassky

World Championship Match Signed by Fischer and Spassky267+[4 ad] pages with photographs, tables and diagrams. Small octavo (7" x 4 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Signed by both contestants. First German edition.The World Chess Cha…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$2,500.00


Za Sahovsku Krunu Spaski-Fiser by Trifunovic, Petar (1910-1980) signed by Robert Fischer and Boris Spassky

191 pages with photographs, diagrams and tables. Small octavo (7 1/2 x 4 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Signed by both contestants. First Hungarian edition.The World Chess Championship 1972 was a match for the World Chess Champion…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$2,500.00


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

New York: Sixth American Chess Congress, 1891 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 i…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$2,000.00


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

$1,295.00


The City of London Chess Magazine, Volume I by Potter, William Norwood (1840-1895) [editor]

[i-ii]-314+[2 ad] pages with diagrams. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in black cloth with original wrapper laid on front cover, faded label to spine. Volume I. Edited by W N Potter with the cooperation of H E Bird, J H Blackburne, B Horwitz, J Lowen…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB

$1,200.00


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

$1,200.00


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