CHESS LITERATURE

        12.                                       Chess-based literature

 

Abrahams, G

Not Only Chess – A Selection of Chessays                                      1st  ed.

Unwin ‘74

 

264pp

28 chess-based essays, some illustrated with diagrams and moves. 

                                                                                        DW  VG+

 

£9.75

 

Assiac

The Delights of Chess                                                                1st ed. 1960

MacGibbon

 

268pp

Nom de plume of Heinrich Fraenkel; relates many amusing anecdotes about players he encountered, some illustrated by games. Drawings by Vicky.  DW.           Front endpaper cut o/w VG

 

£9.75

 

Assiac

Adventure in Chess                                                                              1st ed.

Turnstile ‘51

 

192pp

Series of articles, enlarged from the author's column in the New Statesman. The cardboard chess set at the back is intact with all original pieces present. Slight foxing on front endpaper,   o/w      G+

 

£9.50

 

BCM

British Chess Magazine – 1923 – 1932 An Anthology.

BCM 1986

 

124pp

A pot-pourri of items taken from those years.                     PB  VG+

£7.00

 

Bott, R

The Chess Player’s Bedside Book                                                      1st  ed

Faber 1966

 

83pp

With S. Morrison. Collection of short articles and games. Insc. G+

£5.50

 

Chernev, I

Wonder & Curiosities of Chess                                                         1st ed.

Dover 1974

 

203pp

Collection of short games and unusual facts & anecdotes. SB  VG- 

£9.00

 

Chernev, I

The Fireside Book of Chess  with Reinfeld

NY 1949

 

400pp

“A huge grab bag accenting the lighter side of chess”. Full of stories, games, articles, quizzes, cartoons etc. DW worn    o/w VG

 

£15.00

 

Cockburn, A

Idle Passion – Chess and the Dance of Death                                   1975

Weidenfeld

 

248pp

Documents the idiosyncrasies of chess players.                  PB  VG

£4.50

 

Darrach, B.

Bobby Fischer vs the Rest of the World                                            1st ed.

Stein NY ‘74

 

240pp

An indiscrete biography relating Fischer’s behaviour and attitudes up to and during Reykjavik 1972. DW  nibbled o/g VG

 

£15.00

 

Edmonds, D

Bobby Fischer Goes To War – The True Story of How the Soviets Lost The Most Extraordinary Chess Match Of All Time. With John Eidinow. 

Faber 2004 1st ed.

 

302pp

The story of the 1972 World Championship.                          DW  F

£12.00

 

Edmonds, D

Bobby Fischer Goes To War

 

 

 

Another copy.                                                                        PB    F- 

£7.00

 

Edwards, R

The Chess Player’s Bedside Book   with R. Keene.                           1st ed.                                    

Batsford ‘75

 

149pp

A development of the Bott & Morrison book, with added photos & drawings.                                                                             DW  VG

 

£9.00

 

Edwards, R

The Chess Player’s Bedside Book   with R. Keene.                           1st ed.                                     

 

 

 

Another copy                                                       DW     Insc.     VG     

£7.50

 

Geuzendam

Finding Bobby Fischer – chess interviews by Dirk Jan van Geuzendam

NIC  1994

 

254pp

28 interviews with top players, only a few relating to Fischer.

                       HB Some foxing on page edges        o/w             VG-

 

£12.00

 

Glyn, A

The Dragon Variation                                                                          1969

Hutchinson

 

312pp

Novel with a chess background.  Ex-Lib. HB  Endpaper excised  G

£4.50

 

Graham, J

The Literature of Chess                                                             1st ed. 1984

McFarland

 

250pp

The author identifies 135 significant books from the various aspects of the game and writes c. a page on each. Diagrams & index. 

                                                                Red cloth boards.  AN   F+

 

£17.50

 

Hartston, W

Soft Pawn

Hutchinson

 

94pp

Humorous writings by a master of the genre. Bill Tidy cartoons add to the mix.                                                                          PB    VG+

 

£5.00

 

Harwood, G

Caïssa’s Web – The Chess Bedside Book                                          1st ed.

Latimer 1975

 

167pp

12 photo plates plus drawings.                                           DW    VG

£7.50

 

Hochberg, B

(ed.)

The 64-Square Looking Glass – The Great Game of Chess in World Literature.                                                                                           1st ed.

Random House

 

354pp

Writers bring their creativity to bear on the narrative power inherent in chess, from Woody Allen to Ann Bronte.                     DW           F

 

£10.00

 

Hurst, S

Curse of Kirsan – Adventures in the Chess Underworld.

Russell 2002

 

285pp

An exploration of the dark side of chess, not only Kirsan.    PB  VG+

£5.00

 

Johnson, D

White King & Red Queen – How The Cold War Was Fought On The Chessboard

Atlantic 2007

 

383pp

Tells the story of the Soviets vs the Rest throughout the 20th century. 25 photo plates.                                                    DW       F

 

£12.00

 

Kasparov, G

Child of Change – An Autobiography   with Donald Trelford.    1st ed. 1987

Hutchinson

 

243pp

64 b&w  photos.  DW. Ex-Lib but with minimal markings      o/w VG

£7.50

 

Knight, N

Chess Pieces – An Anthology in Prose & Verse.                               1st ed.

Sampson ‘49

 

313pp

Corrigenda booklet & corringenda to the corrigenda.

Illustrations by Gibberd based on historic chess pieces.            VG

 

£9.00

 

Knight, G

King, Queen & Knight: A Chess Anthology in Prose & Verse. 1st ed.

With W. Guy                                                     

Batsford ‘75