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I Uppnami [Issue I, III and IV, 1901]
1901. Soft Cover. Fine. 3 volumes 8vo (23.5 cm) 10 pp; PP. 35 -70; VI; PP. 71-187. Printed wrappers (paper slightly browned). In Icelandic. Into the third issue inserted a prospectus in English. The 3 of 4 issues of the first Icelandic chess periodical. "The title of the publication is an Icelandic phrase, used as far back as the 13th century (in the "Sturlunga Saga") as a technical chess expression. It is equivalent of the French 'en prise' -- which the modern chess-playing nations have been content to borrow, having no vernacular method of representing, with sufficient conciseness and exatness, the idea of a piece or pawn exposed to capture." from the publisher's prospectus). The magazine contains mostly chess problems. In the third issue included portraits and biographical sketches of two principal living Icelandic chess-players: Porvaldur Jonsson and Magnus Magnusson Smith. The periodical was published by Willard Fiske (1831-1904), an American librarian, scholar, bibliophile and chess player. His library is preserved in Cornell University. Very rare.
Bookseller: Leopolis [Poland]

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