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Chess Eccentricities
London Longmans, Green & Co. 1885 - Pictorial boards. gift inscription to the front end paper. Half title, coloured frontis illustration. Coloured title, dedicated, preface, contents. Contains sections on Chess for four players, three players and two players. Shorter sections on chess for six and eight players, and some "odds and ends of chess". Four plates and several other diagrams within the text. The boards are slightly darkened. There is rubbing to the edge of the spine, and as is common with this title, rubbing and cracking to the spine card. The front end paper has a closed tear to the top inch. The binding is slightly shaken to the gathers, but holding properly, and not in any danger of collapse! George Hope Lloyd-Verney (March 5, 1842 - June 14, 1896) was a game designer and army veteran from Esher, England. He was the son of Sir Harry Verney, a military officer and Liberal member of Parliament, and the grandson of General Sir Harry Calvert. In 1881, he wrote a booklet on his invention of the game Four-Player Chess, although there were earlier variants and have been later variants of the game. In 1885, Verney wrote an extensive book on chess variants. Verney's four-player chess variant gained popularity around London which had a four-handed chess club from 1885 until World War II. Although baptised Hope Verney, in 1888, he legally changed his name to Lloyd-Verney. xiv, 1-196, [iv ads]. pp [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Harrison-Hiett Rare Books. ABA/ILAB PBFA]
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