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VERNEY, Major George Hope.

Chess Eccentricities.

Published: London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1885

Stock code: 88458

Price: £550

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First edition, inscribed by the author to “My friend Archdeacon Tribe – in recollection of a pleasant trip… in December 1888, George H. Verney Jan. 25. 1889”. In 1881, Verney, an army veteran, wrote a booklet on his invention of the game Four-Player Chess, although there were earlier variants and have been later variants of the game. He followed it up with the present work, an extensive book on chess variants, with games for two, three, four, or even eight players, played on a round board. Verney’s four-player chess variant gained popularity around London which had a four-handed chess club from 1885 until World War II.

Octavo (181 120 mm). Publisher’s boards, title to upper cover. Presentation inscription signed by the author to the front free endpaper. Frontispiece and title-page printed in red and black, 4 double-page plates, illustrations in the text. Joints lightly rubbed with some peeling, spine darkened and rubbed at extremities,small abrasion to upper cover where price sticker has been partly removed. A very good copy.

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