Libro da imparare giocare à Scachi ... con summa diligentia da molti famosissimi Giocatori emendati. In lingua Spagnola, & Taliana, novamente Stampato. [Rome?: c. 1530-1540]
8vo (5 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.; 143 x 92 mm.). Woodcut title vignette of two chess players, 6 woodcut text illustrations showing chess pieces and 92 showing chess moves; a few quires lightly browned, some dampstaining in lower margin of a few leaves, extending to fore-margin in last quire, fore-margin of f. 63 shaved. Old gilt-ruled vellum, a.e.g., blue silk placeholder, in a red half-morocco slipcase; some soiling.
Libreria Ulrico Hoepli in Milan (bookplate)
Sander 2296; Van der Linde I, 342
Third undated edition, sixth overall, of the first Italian chess book, one of the first printed books to discuss the new game, written by an apothecary from Portugal. Beginning with a discussion of each piece, the author goes on to describe three games and outline a variety of problems and studies, including blindfold chess. Chapters 8 and 9 are in both Italian and Spanish.
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