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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... now that we have established a friendly intercourse with the government and people of that interesting country . c It remains for me briefly to notice my mode of spelling Oriental words and phrases in the following work .
The game of Chaturanga had by that time become popular in the country , and seems to have attracted the notice of Yudhishthira , who applied to the sage Vyasa , the Nestor of the day , for the benefit of his instructions on a subject so ...
Many of the higher classes of Hindus are now well versed in English literature ; and , by consequence , readers of our new publications . Should these unaided and necessarily imperfect efforts of mine meet the notice of any such ...
... pieces " are given , appears to have escaped the notice of Alpha altogether . In justice to myself I have here reproduced the correspondence . I am quite convinced that no offence was intended , as , most assuredly none was taken .
It is divided into twelve chapters , of which the first five contain brief notices of those among the companions and followers of the Prophet Muhammad , who were Chess - players , thence deducing arguments in proof of the lawfulness of ...
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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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