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 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 ...
This judicious remark on the part of the philosophic standard - bearer , appears to me to be most applicable to the present state of our information respecting the origin and progress of the game of Chess . Modern writers on the subject ...
The task is much easier for me at the present day , than it must have been to Sir William Jones in his time . He had , most probably , a single and imperfect Sanskrit manuscript to work upon ; whereas I have the choice of two printed ...
But it is needless to dwell more on this point at present . ... 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 .
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 .
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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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