18th Century German Chess Book

Philidor, F.D. and Philip Stamma. Die Kunst im Schachspiel ein Meister zu Werden... Dritte Auflage. Schachspielgeheimnisse... [The Art of Becoming a Chess Game Master. Third Edition. (With) Chess Game Secrets]

Strasburg: Amand Koenig, 1771. 170 by 110mm (6¾ by 4¼ inches). Sm. 8vo.; [24], 352 pp. Double page titlepages (verso of first leaf opposite recto of second leaf). One very nice folding table of a chessboard attached to pages 243–244. Very nicely rebacked in modern calf over marbled boards.

Very good plus. The pages are generally free of foxing; an overall very crisp and clean copy.

François-André Danican Philidor (1726–1795) was a French composer and chess player, often regarded as the best chess player of his age. A well-known chess opening, and a checkmate method are both named after him. This is the third edition in German of two of the standard chess manuals by Philidor bound with Stamma’s text on pp. 231–352. The book describes in detail numerous gambits and sample chess plays. Scarce, especially in such a nice condition.


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