The History of Chess: From the Time of the Early Invention of the Game in India Till the Period of Its Establishment in Western and Central Europe
W. H. Allen & Company, 1860 - Chess - 312 pages
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Oriental words and phrases , I have been enabled altogether to discard Asiatic characters from my work . To the Oriental scholar , such characters would be superfluous to the non - Oriental , useless . Besides , I am not the least ...
SHATRANJ CONTINUED - Account of Oriental Manuscript Works on Chess in the British Museum , and in the Library of the Royal Asiatic Society , & c . — Oriental Problems by the Caliph Mu'tasīm ...
Sir William Jones , 1 both of Oxford , arrived at the conclusion , which I hold to be the correct one , that Chess was invented in India , and thence introduced into Persia and other Asiatic regions during the sixth century of our era .
In both of these works , the text , with very slight variations , is identical , and evidently taken from the same original , viz . , that alluded to by Sir William Jones as an abstract from the " Bhavishya Purana , " ( vide " Asiatic ...
the " Bhavishya Purana , " ( vide " Asiatic Researches , " octavo edition , vol . ii . , p . 160 ) . We may here state , however , that Sir William Jones has given us only a very incorrect abridgement of the extract in question ...
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This is a lovely 1860 book with a normal chess diagram on the back hard cover and the chaturanga 4 team diagram on the front.The coloured chaturanga layout next to the title page has a yellow set in the top LH, a black set in the top RH, a green set in the bottom LH and a red set on the bottom RH. If you buy a later edition it will not have the coloured diagram and it will be difficult to work out play from page 16 onwards.There is a good black & white chaturanga diagram on page 39 which will help.
The book has all the creation histories and p.15 where Forbes suggests the game was from India 3000 years before our era resulted in some contrary views. It has 60 pages of Appendices and covers all viewpoints to 1860 thoroughly. He believed India to be the birthplace of chess but gives much information on Chinese chess which became topical when David Li's book'The Genealogy of Chess' appeared in 1998. Most historians still think the game came from India but Mr. Li makes a strong case for China.
The 1860 copy has 18 chapters and 6 Appendices in its 372 pages and is on good paper, well printed with large lettering.Forbes (1798-1868) was a Scots Professor of Oriental Languages at Kings College London..Bob Meadley
This is a very informative book and provides great insight into how chess came to be.
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