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Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess
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Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess

By Bobby Fischer

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. The 1959 stated 1st edition of 15 year old Bobby Fischer's first published collection of chess games. Tight and Near Fine (just a touch of wear at the spine crown) in a crisp, price-intact ($2.95), VG dustjacket, with light chipping at the panel edges and light soiling along the rear panel. Slim octavo, 34 of his finest games here included from the prodigy's already remarkable body of work.

$250.00

A History of Chess (Including Wonderful Chess Ephemera)
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A History of Chess (Including Wonderful Chess Ephemera)

By H.J.R. Murray

London: Oxford University Press, 1913. A very solid copy of the 1913 1st edition of H.J.R. Murray's sweeping history of the greatest board game of all. Tight and VG+ in its navy-blue cloth, with crisp, unrubbed gilt-design and titling along the frpnt panel and spine respectively. Offsetting to the endpapers, handsome bookplate at the front pastedown, otherwise clean as could be internally, with no writing or markings of any kind to the text. Thick quarto, top-edge gilt, 900 pgs. all told. A scholarly, early attempt to get a handle on the extraordinarily rich histoy of the game, from its vague Indian ancestry of the 5th-6th centuries A.D. up thru the book's publication at the beginning of the 20th century. This copy also includes an uncommon piece of chess ephemera, an issue of a 1924 Viennese chess newspaper advertising the sale of recently out-of-print chess titles. The fragile single sheet is light blue-green, is printed on both sides and is now housed in archival plastic.

$500.00

Common Sense in Chess (In Dustjacket)
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Common Sense in Chess (In Dustjacket)

By Emanuel Lasker

New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 1910. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good -. The 1910 1st US edition, following the 1896 original London edition. Clean and Near Fine in a crisp, VG-/VG example of the uncommon pictorial dustjacket, with light chipping --and one small closed tear-- along the top-edges and at the spine ends. Still though, very presentable and uncommon as such. 12mo, "an abstract of twelve lectures given before an audience of London chess players (during the Spring of 1895)"

$200.00

My 60 Memorable Games (William Lombardy's Copy and the First Copy Bobby Fischer Signed as World Champion)
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My 60 Memorable Games (William Lombardy's Copy and the First Copy Bobby Fischer Signed as World Champion)

By Bobby Fischer

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1969. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good +. ****AN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF CHESS HISTORY**** AND ONE OF THE TOWERING ASSOCIATION COPIES IN THE GAME'S VAST LITERATURE. WARMLY inscribed (in itself very unusual) by the newly-minted World Champion to William Lombardy, Bobby Fischer's "second" at Reyjavik and the man widely credited with convincing an overwrought Fischer to move forward and play the match. As with most of Fischer's relationships, his friendship with Lombardy was complicated and experienced many highs and lows. But the fact remains that Lombardy played a major role as coach and mentor in Fischer's development as a world-class player and provided much-needed stability during Bobby's early years. Fully aware of Fischer's tight-fisted ways, Lombardy was understandably looking for compensation for the time and toil he had invested in the Fischer-Spassky match and he set his sights on this historic copy of "My 60 Memorable Games". By making sure that he could secure Bobby's very first signature as World Champion --and in an expressive, personalized inscription no less-- he understood that he would own a piece of chess immortality, a physcial talisman for the ages. To further mark the significance of the signing, Lombardy verified in his own hand that this indeed was Fischer's first signature as World Champion and he even had Saemi Palsson (Fischer's bodyguard and the Chief of the Reyjavik Police Department) sign this copy as well as a witness to history. On top of the remarkable history attached to it, this copy is also a very solid example of the 1969 stated 1st printing. Clean and Near Fine in a crisp, price-intact ($6.95), VG+ dustjacket, with just a bit of light chipping along the panel edges. Thick octavo, "with introductions to the games by International Grandmaster Larry Evans". ONE OF THE GREAT FISCHER PIECES EVER TO REACH THE MARKET AND ONE OF THE TRUE RARITIES TO EMERGE --ALMOST 50 YEARS LATER-- FROM THE EPIC 1972 STRUGGLE IN REYJAVIK.

$45000.00

Jose Raul Capablanca: Games 1927-1942

By -

CS Chess Stars, 1997. Original wraps. Very Good. 1997 compilation of the great Capablanca's tournament games 1927-1942. Tight and VG+ (a bit of writing at the half-title) in its pictorial wrappers. Octavo, 287 pgs.

$50.00

Leonid Stein: Master of Attack
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Leonid Stein: Master of Attack

By Raymond D. Keene

London: Robert Hale & Company, 1976. A crisp, very sharp copy of the 1976 1st edition. Tight and Near Fine in a bright, price-intact, Near Fine dustjacket. Octavo, 155 pgs.

$100.00

Samuel Reshevsky's In-Depth Analysis of the Fischer/Spassky Chess Match
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Samuel Reshevsky's In-Depth Analysis of the Fischer/Spassky Chess Match

By -

New York: Quadrangle Books (A New York Times Company), 1972. Original wraps. Very Good. A solid copy of this 1972 analysis by Samuel Reshevsky of the legendary 1972 World Championship. Tight and VG in its orange wrappers, with light soiling and offsetting along the panel egdes. Quarto, a crisp move-by-move analysis by Reshevsky.

$50.00

Jan Timman: Timman's Selected Games
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Jan Timman: Timman's Selected Games

By -

London: Cadogan Chess, 1995. Original wraps. Near Fine. A clean, tight copy of the 1995 1st paperback edition. Crisp and Near Fine in its pictorial wrappers. Octavo, 253 pgs.

$50.00

Morphy's Games: Selection of the Best Games Played by the Distinguished Champ, in Europe and America
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Morphy's Games: Selection of the Best Games Played by the Distinguished Champ, in Europe and America

By Analytical and Critical Notes by J. Lowenthal

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1860. Cloth. Near Fine. An unusually crisp, well-preserved copy of the 1860 1st edition of this selection of games by the great 19th century American chess player Paul Morphy. Clean, tight and Near Fine in its pebbled green cloth, with bright gilt-lettering along the spine and decorative blindstamping to the panels. Very light spotting at the rear panel and the bottom edge, tasteful former owner (Samuel Frisbee) bookplates to the pastedowns. Thick 12mo, 473 pgs., including annotated games (with accompanying chessboards) thruout.

$500.00

Chessmen
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Chessmen

By Donald M. Liddell (with Gustavus A. Pfeiffer and J. Maunoury)

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1937. Cloth. Very Good. WARMLY INSCRIBED BY G.A. PFEIFFER, THE CO-AUTHOR, on the front free endpaper. A solid, well-preserved copy to boot of the 1937 stated 1st edition. Clean and VG in its dark cloth, with bright, completely unflecked gilt-lettering and design along the spine. One small chip at the spine crown, otherwise clean as could be. Quarto, crisp black-and-white plates thruout.

$150.00

Chess Generalship (Vol I: Grand Reconnaissance)
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Chess Generalship (Vol I: Grand Reconnaissance)

By Frank K. Young

Boston: International Publishing Co, 1910. Cloth. Very Good. The uncommon 1910 1st edition of this unusual, thoughtful book on chess strategy. Dispensing with the typical annotated games and diagrams, this book is all prose and reflects on essential ingredients of successful play such as "mobility", "position", "organization", "grand reconnaissance", etc. A very solid copy to boot. Tight and VG, with bright gilt-lettering to the front panel and lightly-faded lettering and insignia at the spine. Very light foxing and soiling to the preliminaries, otherwise clean as could be. Octavo, 202 pgs., top-edge gilt.

$150.00

Reshevsky on Chess: The U.S. Champion Tells How He Wins
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Reshevsky on Chess: The U.S. Champion Tells How He Wins

By Samuel Reshevsky

New York: Chess Review, 1948. Cloth. Very Good +. SIGNED AND DATED BY SAMUEL RESHEVSKY on the front free endpaper. A very solid copy to boot of the 1948 1st edition. Tight and VG+, with bright lettering along the spine and a near-pristine interior. Octavo, 272 pgs.

$300.00

The Immortal Games of Capablanca
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The Immortal Games of Capablanca

By Fred Reinfeld

New York: Horowitz and Harkness, 1942. 1st. Cloth. Collectible; Very Good/Very Good. NICELY INSCRIBED ("A terrible substitute for the principal of this book, but my autograph will have to do in a pinch") BY RENOWNED CHESS AUTHOR, INTERNATIONAL MASTER, NEW YORK TIMES CHESS COLUMNIST AND OWNER AND EDITOR OF CHESS REVIEW, I.A. HOROWITZ (WHO ALSO PUBLISHED THIS COLLECTION). A sharp, well-preserved copy to boot of the 1942 1st edition of this impressive collection of 113 of Jose Capablanca's greatest games. Clean and VG+ in a bright, price-intact, VG+ dustjacket, with light chipping at the spine crown. Octavo, 239 pgs. "Font-Sherman Chess Collection" (from the library of well-known chess collector Jose Font) stamp at the front pastedown and Jose Font's signature at the second free endpaper.

$500.00

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games

By Laszlo Polgar

New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1994. Hardcover. Collectible; Fine/Fine. A very sharp copy of the 1994 less common hardback edition. Clean and Near Fine in a bright, VG+ to Near Fine dustjacket. Thick quarto, 1,104 pgs. The recent bible of tactical exercises such as mates in 3, mates in 4, etc.

$50.00

Practical Chess Openings

By Reuben Fine

Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1948. 1st. Cloth. Collectible; Very Good/Very Good. A sharp copy of the 1948 1st edition. VG+ (with former owner inscription at the front free endpaper) in a bright, price-intact, VG+ dustjacket, with inconspicuous closed tear running along the spine. Octavo, 470 pgs.

$50.00

Chess Analysed: By Which a Perfect Knowledge of This Noble Game May in a Short Time Be Acquired
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Chess Analysed: By Which a Perfect Knowledge of This Noble Game May in a Short Time Be Acquired

By A.D. Philidor

London: J. Nourse and P. Vaillant, 1762. Full-Leather. Collectible; Very Good. The 1862 2nd English language edition (following the 1850 original English language edition, also published out of London) of this great 19th century classic of chess instruction. A respectable, generally sound copy. Bound in a contemporary-to-the-period speckled calf, with 5 raised bands, gilt-rule to the compartments and a somewhat-legible title label. Tender outer front hinge (but still sturdy and holding well), mild darkening along the spine and light scuffing to the panels. Handsome amorial bookplate at the front pastedown. 12mo, 146 pgs., marbled edges. Solid and impressive, easily VG-.

$1500.00

Science and Art of Chess
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Science and Art of Chess

By J. Monroe

New York: Charles Scribner, 1859. 1st. Decorative Cloth. Collectible; Very Good. A solid, well-preserved copy of the 1859 1st edition. Tight and VG in its decorative, blindstamped panels. Still-bright gilt-lettering and devices to the spine. 12mo, 281 pgs. Artistic (done with great flourish) former owner name. address and date (1861) to the front free endpaper.

$500.00

Collected Chess Games 1926-1926
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Collected Chess Games 1926-1926

By Mikhail Botvinnik

Moscow, 1938. 1st. Cloth. Collectible; Very Good. The very uncommon 1938 1st edition, published out of Moscow in Cyrillic. A ten year collection of games (1926-36) of the 3-time World Champion and International Grandmaster. Solid and VG in its chocolate-brown cloth, with very light chipping to the spine ends and light wear at the front panel and spine. 64mo, 368 pgs.

$500.00

Chess for Fun & Chess for Blood
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Chess for Fun & Chess for Blood

By Edward Lasker

Philadelphia: David McKay, 1942. 1st. Cloth. Collectible; Very Good/Very Good. The 1942 stated 1st edition. Tight and VG+ in a bright, price-clipped, VG dustjacket, with several small closed tears and light chipping at the panel edges. Light fading as well along the spine. Still though, a perfectly presentable copy of this classic of chess instruction. Octavo, 224 pgs.

$150.00

The Chess-Player's Hand-Book; Containg a Full Account of the Game of Chess, and the Best Mode of Playing It
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The Chess-Player's Hand-Book; Containg a Full Account of the Game of Chess, and the Best Mode of Playing It

By -

New York: Leavitt & Allen, 1853. Decorative Cloth. Collectible; Very Good. First Edition. Handsome and very uncommon miniature chess handbook, 1853. Still tightly-bound, well-preserved and VG+ in its original chocolate-brown cloth, with bright gilt-lettering and design to the front panel and lavish blindstamped borders. Internally immaculate, with no markings of any kind and no foxing--in spite of its advanced age-- to speak of. All edges gilt, 64 pgs.

$500.00

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