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VERNEY, George Hope.
Four-Handed Chess.
London: George Routledge and Sons, [1881]. London: George Routledge and Sons,, [1881]. Duodecimo. Original red cloth, front cover lettered in gilt with silver-stamped Knight underneath. Frontispiece of four-player chess board. Early inscription to front free endpaper referencing another work on four-handed chess, a few minor pencilled annotations to text. Spine sunned, extremities a little rubbed, minor splits at front hinge ends, slight separation between gatherings. A very good copy. First edition of the first English book solely dedicated to the rules of four-player chess. Variants of four-player chess can be traced to the 17th century. Verney's book fixed most of the rules that are now generally followed, other than that he recommended all the Queens be placed on white squares. The publication helped to increase the game's popularity, and Verney founded a four-player chess club a few years later in London which remained in operation till the Second World War. However the rules of the game still vary, and the Chess Federation does not recognize the game. Verney followed the publication with another book on chess variants, Chess Eccentricities, in 1885, detailing various other forms of chess for two, three, six, and eight players. With the 20th-century ownership stamps of Angelo Lewis to the front pastedown. Angelo Lewis (1839-1919) wrote various books and articles on magic under the pseudonym Professor Louis Hoffman including Modern Magic, 1876, and the novel Conjurer Dick, 1886. In 1900 he edited and published The Games of Greco, being the games of the 17th-century Ita … [Click Below for Full Description]
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