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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I have adopted the admirable system propounded nearly eighty years ago , by the eminent Sir William Jones , viz : - " pronounce the vowels as in German or Italian , and the consonants , as in English .
It is an imperfect translation from the Italian of Ponziani , by J. S. Bingham , Esq . , as he styles himself . the moves and powers of all the pieces employed were 6 HISTORY OF CHESS .
To these improvements we may add that of castling the King , either according to the Italian method or that of the Anglo - French school . It is just probable that our go - ahead posterity will introduce some further modifications ...
... as it is commonly played in Europe and Asia , convince me that it was invented by one effort of some great genius - not completed by gradual improvements ; but formed , to use the phrase of Italian critics , by the first intention .
Such appears to have been the law in Europe down to the end of our fifteenth century : and , if we may trust Sarratt , it seems to have lingered in Italy to a more recent period . In his New Treatise on Chess , 1821 , vol . i . , p .
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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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