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SARRAT, Jacob Henry.

A Treatise on the Game of Chess.

Containing a regular system of attack and defence: also numerous rules and examples, teaching the most approved method of playing pawns at the end of a game. To which is added, a selection of critical and remarkable situations, won or drawn by scientific moves.

Published: London: for William Miller, 1808

Stock code: 104965

Price: £750

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First edition. Sarratt, husband of noted actress and singer Camilla Dufour, was by profession a schoolmaster. After the death of Verdoni in 1804 he became “London’s leading chess professional. Under his influence the London Chess Club (founded in 1807) adopted the continental rule that a game ending in stalemate was a draw, not a win for the player stalemated, as hitherto in England … he later published The Works of Damiano, Ruy-Lopez, and Salvio (1813) and The Works of Gianutio, and Gustavus Selenus (1817), translations which made the writings of earlier masters accessible to English players” (ODNB).

2 volumes in one, octavo (203 130 mm). Modern half calf, marbled sides, flat bands within gilt rules forming compartments to spine, second and fourth with black morocco labels lettered in gilt, marbled edges. Contemporary ownership inscription to first blank. Lightly toned throughout, the very occasional faint spot. A very good copy.

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