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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The Oriental scholar will at once perceive the object of distinguishing some letters , such as k , s , t , & c . by a dot underneath , but this does not in any perceptible degree affect their sound . A few words have become so ...
I will , therefore , at once conclude , wishing you long life and prosperity ; and hoping that you will bring down to the present day , from the points at which I have stopped short , the History of the " most excellent game that the ...
if any one were to assert , as some shallow - brained visionaries do , in the case of Chess , that printing originated among the Scythian shepherds or the Arabs of the desert , the idea would at once be scouted by all people of sense .
The Elephant , then , in the game of Chaturanga , had precisely the move of our Rook ; and we may add , once for all , that the present move of our Queen is not , generally speaking , of older date than three and a half centuries back .
Radha Kant told Sir William Jones , seventy to eighty years ago , " that the Brahmans of Gaur , or Bengal , were once celebrated for superior skill in this game ; and that his father , together with his spiritual preceptor , Jagannath ...
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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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