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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In the following Chapters , it is my intention to advance still farther on the path already pointed out by the Orientalists of Oxford . I happen to possess sources of information which to the latter were either altogether inaccessible ...
But , as I have already observed , the mere occasion of its invention is a point of little or no real importance ; our main object at present is to determine the region where , and approximately the time when , it was invented .
... and in each of the four armies let the infantry be drawn up in front . The ship shall occupy the left - hand corner ; next to it the Horse ; then the Elephant ; and lastly , the King ; the foot soldiers , as already stated ...
... already observed , was an eminent legislator and philosopher . That he should have condescended to record his decision on the merits of certain moves in Chess , is probably a license on the part of the poet , in order to confer the ...
Whoever is already in possession of two sets of common chessmen - one of wood , and another of bone or ivorymay easily convert the same into two complete sets for the Chaturanga , in this wise , -the wooden set will furnish the King ...
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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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