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Studies of Chess;
Studies of Chess; Containing Caissa, a Poem, by Sir William Jones, A Systematic Introduction to the Game; and the Whole Analysis of Chess, By Mr. A. D. Philidor: with Original Critical Remarks "Ludimus effigiem belli." A New Edition. In Two Volumes.
London: Printed for Samuel Bagster, No. 81, Strand, 1808.
Book in two 8vo vols., 271 and 267 pp., half-title, engraved frontispiece of a chessboard with pieces arranged for the start of a game. Preface misbound in reverse order, 3 pages of publisher's advertisements at end. Contemporary half calf over marble boards, gilt spines with red morocco lettering pieces. Bindings slightly scuffed and rubbed, spines rebacked. Contents clean; complete with publisher's advertisements to end.
Includes Sir William Jones's poem 'Caissa', while the introductory part is from Peter Pratt's 'Theory of Chess'. By Francois-Andre Danican Philidor (1726 - 1795). Philidor was a French composer, also regarded as the best chess player of his age. He started playing regularly around 1740 at the chess Mecca of France, the Café de la Régence. It was also there that he famously played with a friend from 'New England', Benjamin Franklin. The best player in France at the time, Legall de Kermeur, taught him. In 1774 the Parloe's chess club, on St James Street in London, was created, and Philidor obtained a remuneration as a chess master every year, for a regular season from February to June. Philidor stayed faithful to this agreement until the end of his life and he was replaced by Verdoni only after his death. In December 1792 he had to leave France permanently for England, fleeing the French Revolution, because his name figured on the banishment list established by the Convention nationale. His admirers and friends included the French philosophers Voltaire, Rousseau and the famous actor David Garrick. Ink ownership inscriptions to front free-endpapers.
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