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The Chess Players' Compendium: A Practical Guide to the Openings (In the Uncommon Dustjacket)
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The Chess Players' Compendium: A Practical Guide to the Openings (In the Uncommon Dustjacket)

By William Cook (With Supplement by Alfred Emery)

Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1910. Decorative Cloth. Very Good -/Very Good +. The 1910 5th Edition, in its scarce pictorial dustjacket. Solid and VG- (very light staining along a number of the page edges {essentially not affecting the text at all}, light waviness to the pages, small former owner stamp at the front pastedown) in a crisp, VG+ dustjacket, with very light chipping along the spine crown and the front panel's top-edge, light chipping to the corners, and very light, almost imperceptible staining along the front flap-fold. Still though, an impressive, very presentable copy. Octavo, 301 pgs. plus "A Supplememt to Cook's Chess Players' Compendium" by Alfred Emery.

$300.00

Chess Tournament Crosstables: Vols. I-III  (3 Vols.)
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Chess Tournament Crosstables: Vols. I-III (3 Vols.)

By Compiled by Jeremy Gaige

Philadelphia: Self-published, 1969. Cloth. Very Good +. Solid copies of the first 3 volumes of Chess Table Crosstables. Each octavo volume is tight and VG+ in its navy-blue cloth, with lightly-rubbed gilt-titling along the front panel and light soiling to the rear panel. Each is also clean as could be internally, with no writing or markings of any kind. Vol. I: 1851-1900 (published in 1969); Vol. II: 1900-1910 (published in 1971); Vol. III: 1911-1920 (published in 1972).

$200.00

Korchnoi's 400 Best Games
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Korchnoi's 400 Best Games

By Viktor Korchnoi, Robert G. Wade, L.S. Blackstock

New York: Arco Publishing Company, 1978. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good +. A handsome copy of the 1978 1st American edition. Tight and Near Fine in a crisp, price-intact, VG+ dustjacket, with light fading along the spine. Octavo, over 400 of the great Russian grandmaster's games collected here.

$100.00

2.500 Finales (2 Vols.)
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2.500 Finales (2 Vols.)

By G.M. Kasparian

Buenos Aires: Editorial Sopena, 1963. Original wraps. Very Good +. The 1963 1st Argentinian edition of this collection of chess games compiled by Genrikh Kasparian (1910-1995), the Armenian International Grandmaster considered to have been one of the great composers of chess endgame studies. Complete in 2 volumes. Both volumes solid and VG+ in their pictorial wrappers, with very light abrading along the spine crowns. Otherwise, clean as could be, with no writing or markings internally save for light pencil annotations at Vol. I's rear endpaper. Thick octavos, translated from its original Russian into Spanish by Estanislao Zaks. Very impressive compilation of 2,500 endgame positions as analyzed by G.M. Kasparian.

$150.00

Chess Pie: The Official Souvenir of the International Tournament -- 1922, 1927 and 1936 (Complete in 3 Bound Volumes)

By Edited by W.H. Watts

London: The British Chess Federation, 1936. Original wraps. Near Fine. A handsome example of the complete --and uncommon-- 3 volume set of this wonderful chess periodical from the 1920s and 30s. Bound together in its dark bevelled boards and including each of the 3 issues in its entirety, from the front wrappers (with their pictorial paste-ons) and rear wrappers to each magazine's full contents. The outer boards and the supplied white endpapers have protected the issues beautifully and, as a result, all covers are crisp and bright and Near Fine to Fine. Internally, a sprinkling of harmless pencil checkmarks to a number of the game headings, otherwise clean as could be. The issues are as follows: Issue #1) Chess Pie: The Official Souvenir of the International Tournament -- London, July-August, 1922; Issue #2) Chess Pie (With Problem Supplement): The Offcial Souvenir of the British Chess Federation -- Issued in Connection with the International Team Tournament, London, July 18-30, 1927; and Issue #3) Chess Pie: The Official Souvenir of the International Tournament, Nottingham, August, 1936. A nice piece of early 20th century chess history.

$500.00

Games Played in the Return Match for the World's Championship Between Alexander Alekhin (Holder of the Title) and E.D. Bogoljubow (Challenger)
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Games Played in the Return Match for the World's Championship Between Alexander Alekhin (Holder of the Title) and E.D. Bogoljubow (Challenger)

Holborn, England: Printing-Craft Ltd, 1935. Boards. Very Good. 1st edition of this 1935 compilation of all 26 games played in the World Championship match between Alexander Alekhin and E.D. Bogoljubow. Solid and VG in its printed boards, with light staining to the front panel, light soiling along the rear panel and small former owner name at the foot of the front panel and also at the top of the front pastedown. A very presentable copy nonetheless. 12mo, original annotations by Dr. Eugene Lasker, who held the title of World Champion for 26 years.

$75.00

Chess Review Annual -- 1947 (In a Bright, Crisp Dustjacket)
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Chess Review Annual -- 1947 (In a Bright, Crisp Dustjacket)

By I.A. Horowitz and Kenneth Harkness, Eds

New York: Chess Review (Distributed by David McKay), 1947. Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good +. A very presentable copy of Vol. 15 (1947) of the Chess Annual Review, with all 12 monthly issues nicely bound-in by the publisher and ALSO INCLUDING ITS UNCOMMON PICTORIAL DUSTJACKET. Tight and VG+ (light bumping to the front tips) in a clean, price-intact ($5,00), VG+ example of the fragile dustjacket, with very light chipping (much less than usually encountered) along the panel edges and at the spine ends. Quarto, a wonderfully informative monthly Review of all things chess-related, edited and published by the formidable I.A. Horowitz.

$500.00

Chess Review Annual -- 1946  (In a Very Sharp Dustjacket)
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Chess Review Annual -- 1946 (In a Very Sharp Dustjacket)

By I.A. Horowitz and Kenneth Harkness, Eds

New York: Chess Review (Distributed by David McKay Company), 1946. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good +. A handsome copy of Vol. 14 (1946) of the Chess Annual Review, with all 12 monthly issues nicely bound-in by the publisher and ALSO INCLUDING ITS UNCOMMON PICTORIAL DUSTJACKET. Tight and Near Fine in a clean, price-intact ($3.75), VG+ example of the fragile dustjacket, with very light chipping (much less than usually encountered) along the panel edges and at the spine ends. Quarto, a wonderfully informative monthly Review of all things chess-related, edited and published by the formidable I.A. Horowitz (who here adorns the cover).

$500.00

The Game of Chess
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The Game of Chess

By --

New York: Frederick A. Stokes & Brothers, 1888. Boards. Near Fine. An especially crisp, well-preserved copy of the 1888 1st edition. Clean and Near Fine in its its wonderful pictorial boards, with virtually no wear to the panels and no writing or markings internally. 16mo, truly a collector's copy.

$150.00

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. Decorative Cloth. Very Good +. 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

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

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