Brace, E. R. Illustrated Dictionary of Chess McKay 1977
Contains 2,000+ entries inc. terms, openings, tournaments & biographies. 100 b&w drawings. DW 320pp VG £9.00
Bibliotheca Van Der
Linde-Niemeijeriana – A Catalogue of the Chess Collection in the Royal Library, The Hague. Facsimile of the 1955 ed.
L’Esprit 1988
References c. 6,500 titles published before 1955 342pp VG £30.00
Chernev, I Wonders & Curiosities of Chess Dover
1974
357 interesting items including 160 annotated games. SB 203pp G+ £9.00
Damsky, Y Batsford Book of Chess Records Batsford ‘05
A miscellany of records on all aspects of chess. PB AN 304pp F+ £10.00
Deery & Moore A History of the Metropolitan Chess Club 1890 – 1990. 1990
A detailed history full of facts and names. Photos of their centenary dinner. A4 pages glue-bound. 65pp F £10.00
Divinsky, N. The Batsford
Chess Encyclopaedia – 1st ed.
Batsford ‘90
Large format. Photos, crosstables, biographies, 100+ top games etc. DW 247pp VG+ £18.00
Eales, R. Chess: The History of a Game – 1st ed. Batsford ‘85
One of the best researched and written histories since Murray.
16
b&w plates. DW
240pp F £17.50
Elo A. E. The Rating of Chessplayers Past & Present. – 1st ed Batsford ‘78
Mathematical analysis of the strengths of players. DW 206pp VG £25.00
Elo A. E. The Rating of Chessplayers Past & Present. – 2ndt ed Arco
1986
Mathematical analysis of the strengths of players. PB 230pp VG+ £25.00
Fox & James The Complete Chess Addict Faber
1988
8 b&w plates plus other pictures. AN PB creased o/w 264pp G £7.50
Fox & James The Complete Chess Addict – (Another Copy) Faber
1988
8 b&w plates plus other pictures. AN PB creased o/w 264pp VG+ £9.00
Fox & James The Even More Complete Chess Addict Faber
1993
A cornucopia of chess trivia. AN PB 369pp F £10.00
Gaige, J Chess Personalia
– A Bibliography – 1st ed. 1987
McFarland
An indispensable work for anyone interested in the basic details of
those who went before. A unique masterpiece. Original red cloth boards.
505pp VG+ £60.00
Golombek, H The Encyclopaedia
of Chess – 1st ed.
Batsford
‘77
Large format. Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the game. DW 360pp VG £12.00
Golombek, H The Penguin
Encylopaedia of Chess.
Penguin
‘81
Revised & Abridged ed .of 1977 original . PB 579pp G £4.50
Hagedorn, R. Benjamin Franklin
& Chess in Early America – a review of the literature. – 1st ed.
1958
University of Pennsylvania Press. 10 plates. Franklin’s “Morals of
Chess”, and an essay on Franklin. Details 60 works on chess printed in
the US between 1802 and 1859. Scarce work of reference. DW. Pages
starting to yellow o/w
92pp VG+ £45.00
Hartston, W. The Kings of
Chess – A history of chess traced through the lives of its greatest
masters.
Pavilion
‘85
Good early photos and engagingly written. DW 192pp VG
Hartston, W. The Guinness Book
of Chess Grandmasters – 1st ed.
Guinness
‘96
Charts the history of chess through the lives & games of its
greatest players. 300 annotated games & good photos. PB AN
224pp VG+ £9.50
Hilbert, J. S. Essays In
American Chess History – 1st ed.
Caissa
2002
30 essays on various aspects, with pictures & many games. Green
cloth boards with gilt titles.
39pp F+ £25.00
Hooper/
Whyld
The Oxford Companion To Chess – 1st
ed.
OUP
1984
Quickly became a standard work of reference on all aspects of the
game. High production standards. DW
407pp VG+ £18.00
Hooper/
Whyld
The Oxford Companion To Chess – 1st
ed.
OUP
1984
Quickly became a standard work of reference on all aspects of the
game. High production standards. Another copy DW XLib o/w
407pp VG £14.00
Hooper/
Whyld
The Oxford Companion To Chess – 2nd
ed.
OUP
1992
The authors never stopped their researches, all of which is
incorporated into this new edition which is c. 20% longer. DW
483pp VG+ £20.00
Hooper/
Whyld
The Oxford Companion To Chess – 2nd
ed.
OUP
1992
The authors never stopped their researches, all of which is
incorporated into this new edition which is c. 20% longer. DW (Another
copy)
483pp VG £18.00
Hooper/
Whyld
The Oxford Companion To Chess – 2nd
ed.
OUP
1996
The authors never stopped their researches, all of which is
incorporated into this new edition which is c. 20% longer. DW (Another
copy in PB)
483pp VG £9.50
Horton, B. J. Dictionary of Modern Chess – Produced
by the Philospohical Library USA
NY
1969
Small format. Contains items unlikely to appear elsewhere, from
“Scorepad” to “The Order of Mandarins of the Yellow Button”. Unusual. DW
Some foxing to page edges o/w
224pp G £12.00
Kazic, B. M. The Chess Competitor’s Handbook – 1st
ed.
Batsford
‘80
A chess organiser’s handbook. DW 229pp VG+ £6.50
Kazic, B. M. The Chess Competitor’s Handbook – 1st
ed.
Batsford
‘80
A chess organiser’s handbook. DW (Another copy PB) 229pp VG £6.00
Van der Linde Das Erste Jartausend Der
Schachlitteratur (850 – 1880)
(The First Thousand Years of Chess
Literature).
Caissa
1979
Limited to 700 numbers copies of which this is No. 125. Facsimile of
the 1880 original. Comprises most of the known chess publications,
arranged alphabetically by author. Intro by Dale Brandreth & errata by
E. Meissenburg. Blue cloth boards with gold lettering.
112pp F+ £30.00
Murray, H. J. A Short History of Chess OUP
1913
The most complete scholarly work ever published. “A monumental
work”, telling the story of chess from the earliest times and
civilisations. Weighs over 1.5 kg (3 lbs!). 19 plates & c. 144
illustrations. Original grey cloth boards with unblemished gilt titles.
900pp VG+ £195.00
Murray, H. J. A Short History of Chess OUP
1962
Reprinted lithographically from corrected sheets of the 1st 1913 ed.
o/w internally indistinguishable from the original. Original dark blue
cloth boards with bright gilt titles and chessman design. DW
price-clipped and nibbled on top & bottom edges with 3 inch tear on rear
spine o/w.
900pp VG+ £95.00
Murray, H. J. A Short History of Chess – 1st ed. OUP
1963
Aware that his magnum opus might be beyond the needs and/or purse of
the man in the street, Murray started a précis, left unfinished on his
death. Goulding Brown and Golombek completed the story up to mentions of
Fischer, Tal, Larsen et al. DW
138pp VG+ £30.00
Murray, H. J. A Short History of Chess – 1st ed. OUP
1963
Another copy. Original blue cloth boards with
gilt title on spine.
138pp VG £22.00
Murray, H. J. A History Of Board-Games Other Than
Chess. – 1st ed.
OUP
1952
Traces games from Ancient Egypt to all continents. Small OUP
bookplate on front endpaper o/w
267pp VG £45.00
Pritchard, D. The Encyclopaedia Of Chess Variants -
1st ed.
1994
Arranged alphabetically. DW 364pp VG+ £20.00
Saidy, A The World of Chess with Norman
Lessing. – 1st ed.
Random
‘74
Large format. The story of chess re-told entertainingly with superb
illustrations throughout, many involving elaborate sets. DW
251pp VG £15.00
Saidy, A The World of Chess with Norman
Lessing. – 1st ed.
Random
‘74
Large format. The story of chess re-told entertainingly with superb
illustrations throughout, many involving elaborate sets.
Another
copy. Scuff mark on front endpaper. DW
251pp VG £12.00
Schonberg, H Grandmasters of Chess – 1st UK ed. London
‘74
34 pictures. Biographies of top players & a few games,
entertainingly written. DW
371pp VG £10.00
Shenk, D The Immortal Game – A History of Chess
or How 32 Carved Pieces On A Board Illuminated our Understanding of War,
Art, Science and the Human Brain.  – 1st ed.
Doubleday
2006
Includes diagrams and a few illustrations. DW 327pp f £12.00
Standage, T The Mechanical Turk – The true story
of the chess-playing machine that fooled the world.
Allen Lane
IIllustrated story but no games. DW 274pp f £9.50
Sunnucks, A The Encyclopaedia Of Chess – 1st ed. Hale
1970
27 photos & contributions from Euwe, Penrose, Cafferty, Hooper et
al. Contains much info other books do not have.
587pp vg £11.00
Whyld, K Chess: The Records – 1st ed. Guinness
‘86
A multitude of lists, X-tables & illustrations, some coloured,
giving records of top tournaments etc. PB
176pp vg £8.50
Winter, E Chess Explorations – A Pot-Pourri from
the Journal Chess Notes.
Cadogan ‘96
“Devoted to chess history & investigative reporting…” by the
gimlet-eyed author. 26 photos. PB AN
343pp vg+ £12.50
Wood, B. H. History of Chess written by Gizycki
and edited by Wood. Revised
Abbey
1977
Many illustrations from a vast range of sources, inc. colour plates.
First published in Polish in 1960. Includes sections on chess and art,
in poetry & prose, mathematics, famous people who played chess etc. DW
375pp vg £12.00
Wood, B. H. History of Chess written by Gizycki
and edited by Wood. Revised
Abbey
1977
Many illustrations from a vast range of sources, inc. colour plates.
First published in Polish in 1960. Includes sections on chess and art,
in poetry & prose, mathematics, famous people who played chess etc.

Another copy minus DW. Paper starting to brown at edges o/w

375pp g £9.00
Yalom, M Birth of the Chess Queen – A History Pandora
04
The author explores how the queen came to become a chess piece,
first as a minor piece to being the most powerful force, through Indian,
Muslim and Christian cultures. Many illustrations & coloured
photographic plates. DW
276pp F £14.00

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