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KENNY, W[illiam] S[topford].

Practical Chess Exercises;

Intended as a sequel to the Practical Chess Grammar; containing various openings, games and situations, with instructions & remarks on the principal moves of each party; for the use of those who have already a knowledge of the game.

Published: London: for T. and J. Allman, 1818

Stock code: 97328

Price: £750

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First edition. Kenny (1788-1867) was a prominent educationalist who, in addition to compiling revised editions of several existing textbooks such as Hamel’s Universal French Grammar and Godwin’s History of England, also produced several original works, including Kenny’s School Geography (1856); his Practical Chess Grammar was published in 1817 and went through several editions, including a German translation published in Leipzig in 1821. Scarce in commerce and just three copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Oxford and National Library of Wales).

Octavo in half-sheets. Uncut in original boards, printed paper label to spine. Engraved frontispiece, engraved title page in red and black, profuse woodcut chess diagrams to the text. Small inscription to front free endpaper. Extremities bumped, bookplate removed from pastedown, top edge dusty, some leaves faintly tanned towards edges. An excellent, unsophisticated copy, largely unopened and complete with one leaf of publisher’s advertisements to rear.

Bibliography: Whyld & Ravilious 1818:5

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