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Books on Chess Pieces.


Chessmen: Frank Greygoose. David & Charles 1st ed. 1979. 160pp. 183 pictures in colur and b&w. DW in protective plastic sleeve. The evolution of chess through the representation of its pieces. VG+  £20.

Another copy : without plastic sleeve o/w VG+ £20.00

Chessmen For Collectors: Victor Keats. Batsford 1st ed. 1985. 240 pp large format. DW in protective clear plastic sleeve. This sumptuous publication includes 270 b&w and 50 colour illustrations. Highly collectable. Fine-. £70.00

Another copy: without plastic sleeve o/w F- . £70.00.

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Book list of all Encyclopaedias, History & Reference Titles

NB: This booklist is still a work in progress at the moment and will be added to regularly until complete. Recently sold titles may be shown in “strikethrough”. Please check the page for terms & conditions and definition of terms used.

Brace, E: An Illustrated Dictionary of Chess McKay 1977 320pp DW VG £9.00

Eales, R: Chess – The History of a Game Batsford 1st ed. 1985 240pp DW £17.50

Fox & James: The Even More Complete Chess Addict Faber 1993 369pp PB AN VG+ £12.00

Fox & James: The Even More Complete Chess Addict Faber 1993 369pp PB AN worn cover o/w G- £8.00

Gaige, J: Chess Personalia – A Bibliliography McFarland 1st ed. 1987 505pp This is an indispensable resource for all interested in chess history in resplendent red cloth F+ £65.00

Gizycki, J. (Wood, B. H. ed.) A History of Chess Abbey 1972 375pp DW VG £9.00

Golombek, H: Chess – A History Puttnams 1976 256pp bookplate VG £8.00

Hartston, W: The Kings of Chess Pavilion 1985 192pp DW VG+ £11.50

Hooper & Whyld: Oxford Companion To Chess OUP 1st ed. 1984 407pp DW F £20.00

Hooper & Whyld: Oxford Companion To Chess OUP 1st ed. 1984 407pp DW Exlib o/w VG £10.00

Hooper & Whyld: Oxford Companion To Chess OUP 2nd ed. 1992 483pp DW F £25.00

Levy & O’Connell: Oxford Encyclopaedia of Chess Games Vol. 1 (1485 – 1866) (4,000 gms) OUP 527pp DW AN F £25.00

Linde, A. van der: Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana – A Catalogue of the Chess Collection in the Royal Library The Hague. 1988 facsimile of 1955 work limited to 750 copies 342pp F £30.00

Linde, A. van der: Das Erste Jartausend der Schachlitteratur (850-1880). Caissa, USA,1979. Facsimile Reprint No. 125 of 500 US Limited edition. 116pp. F+. Includes most of the known chess publications until its publication in 1880, arranged alphabetically by author. Blue cloth covers. F+ £30.00

Murray, H. J. R: A Short History Of Chess Oxford 1963 138pp with additons by Goulding Brown and Golombek VG £22.00

Pritchard, D. B: Encyclopaedia of Chess Variants 1st ed. 1994 Luxury ed. Numbered 14 / 150 and signed by author. F+ £30.00

Pritchard, D. B: Encyclopaedia of Chess Variants 1st ed. 1994 Luxury ed. Numbered 107 / 150 and signed by author. F+ £30.00

Saidy & Lessing: The World of Chess Random House 1974 250pp DW VG+ £15.00

Sergeant, P. W: A Century of British Chess Hutchinson 1st ed. 1934 384pp Publisher’s review copy sent to E. Nelson Davis. An invaluable resource. Insc. VG+ £50.00

Whyld, K: Chess – The Records Guinness 176pp PB VG £8.00

Wood, B. H. (ed.) History of Chess Abbey Revised 1977 375pp DW VG+ £9.00

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To help further, in borderline cases, a + or – sign may indicate whether a book falls in the upper or lower end of the band indicated:- e.g. G+  = one of the better books in the range deemed Good.

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LN = Catalogue no. in Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana  1955.