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An early treatise on chess, by a famous Calabrian chess player

GRECO, Giocchino.
Le jeu des eschets. Traduit de l'Italien.
Paris, Denis Mouchet, 1714. 12mo. With a woodcut decoration on title-page and a woodcut headpiece in text. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. [22], 343, [1 blank] pp.
€ 1,100
Late edition of the French translation of one of the most famous early chess books, originally written in Italian and first presented in manuscript by the author, the famous Calabrian chess player Giocchino Greco (ca. 1600-1635) to the King of Naples in 1619. At first only manuscript transcriptions were made. The first French edition appeared in 1669, after the first English edition of 1656. After a short explanation of the general principles of the game of chess, it teaches chess players by presenting chess games and problems only, often with a possible defense added as well. The book is divided into two parts, the first with 39 games, extensively recorded, and the second part with 55 more advanced chess problems.
With a partly removed owner's inscription on the title-page, repeated and partly removed at the first page of the main text. Slightly browned, but otherwise in very good condition. Binding slightly rubbed and with slightly soiled paste-downs, otherwise very good. Bibl. Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana 404; Cat. Schaakboekerij Niemeijer 989; Coll. Rimington-Wilson 566.
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