David Delucia's Chess Library: a Few Old Friends
Privately printed, [Darien], first edition, 2003. Fine. Limited edition of 150 numbered copies. Imitation leather, 4to, 210 x 274 mm, vi, 236 pp, numerous colour plates. A gloriously illustrated catalogue of selections from one of the world's greatest private collections of chess books and memorabilia. From the introduction: The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with books, in chronological order, from the early 16th century to the 20th century. Although there are a few inscriptions in this section, this part of the book deals with special chess books and their characteristics. Some of the highlights in this section are: a Lucena manuscript from the early 16th century; a first edition Damiano (1512) as well as the very rare first English translation of Damiano by Rowbothum in 1562; a first edition of Ruy Lopez, dated 1561; Gianutio's Libro nel quale si tratta della maniera di giuocar a scacchi 1597; a first edition Saul, 1614, the first published treatise on chess written by an Englishman and based on no previous work; a flawless copy of Carrera's Il gioco degli scacchi, 1617; Thomas Middleton's rare English drama, A game of chaess, 1625; Ercole del Rio's Sopra il giuoco degli scacchi, 1750; Chess made easy, 1802, the first work on chess published in the United States; Butrimov's The game of chess, 1821, etc...There are photos of every book, either the title-page or the binding and in some cases, both....The second part of the book. deals with autographs, manuscripts and chess ephemera".