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 happen to possess sources of information which to the latter were either altogether inaccessible or imperfectly known . I think I can clearly show that the game originated in India , and nowhere else . I do not mean to say that I can ...
Precisely in like manner we have ample historical evidence , native and foreign , that Chess was invented in India , but not a single reliable scrap tending to prove that it was either invented or known in any other country previously .
Now it is well known that the poem alluded to has nothing whatever to do with Chess ; and this is the way by which errors arise and spread . 2 " An Inquiry into the ancient Greek game supposed to have been invented by Palamedes ...
It is well known that the vast alluvial plains of the Panjab , as well as those bordering on the Ganges , are , for nearly one - third of the year , flooded with water , arising , in the first place , from the melting of the mountain ...
... would carry us too far back to meet with the reader's belief ; but , in what we may call the heroic or poetic age of Hindu history , we find the game familiarly spoken of in the Purānas , as then known and practised .
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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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