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A Treatise on the Game of Chess;
London: A. H. Baily and Co., 1844. London: A. H. Baily and Co.,, 1844. Containing an introduction to the game, and an analysis of the various openings of games, with several new modes of attack and defence; to which are added, twenty-five new chess problems on diagrams. 2 volumes, octavo (212 x 133 mm). Contemporary purple half calf, titles lettered in gilt to black labels to spines, spines richly decorated in gilt, marbled paper sides, marbled endpapers and edges. Black and white illustrations to the text. Spines lightly faded, minor rubbing to extremities and boards; an excellent set. First edition. William Lewis (1787–1870), who ran a well-known chess school in Soho, wrote this work to expand upon and develop two of his earlier works; A Series of Progressive Lessons on the Game of Chess (1831) and A Second Series of Lessons on the Game of Chess (1832). Lewis is considered "the last and one of the best of the 'old' writers". One of the best players of his age Lewis had succeeded in 1819 to "the position of inhabitant of William de Kempelen's celebrated chess-playing automaton the "Terrible Turk", in which capacity he lost only six games out of 300 at odds of pawn and move" and "took part in the correspondence chess match between Edinburgh chess club and London chess club during 1824–8" (ODNB). With the bookplate of the successful industrialist Frank Reddaway to the front pastedowns.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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