PHILIDOR, François. Analyse du Jeu des Échecs Par Philidor, Avec une nouvelle notation abrégée, et quarante-deux planches où se trouve figurée la situation du jeu pour les renvois et les fins de partie. Nouvelle Édition. A laquelle on a joint la figure et la marche des différentes pieces de ce Jeu, ainsi que l'explication des termes qui lui sont particuliers. [iv], 150 pp. Illustrated with 42 plates depicting various set-ups of chess boards in multiple colours, and one small black-and-white woodcut vignette of chess figures. Small 8vo., 184 x 116 mm, bound in publisher's printed yellow wrappers (loss to foot of spine), in a new cloth clamshell box. Philadelphie: Chez J. Johnston, Libraire-Editeur, n.d. [1821?].
François Andre Danican Philidor was a French composer and chess-player, who wrote this book on the game of chess. One of the best and most famous chess player of the second half of the 18th century, he counted among his many opponents both Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was so good at the game that a rumour arose in France that his musical compositions were written by someone else, as one could not be both a master chess player and a good composer. Philidor was admired and studied by Benjamin Franklin, who supposedly obtained his autograph, and Thomas Jefferson owned a first edition of this book, which was apparently one of his favorites.
First published in 1749 in London under the patronage of the Duke of Cumberland, this later edition comes with 42 plates of a chessboard with the pieces in various formations. The chessboard is printed in a lovely green and white, with the chess pieces portrayed by red and black capital letters. With the exception of a small loss at the foot of the spine, and a little wear, in fine condition.
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