Allgaier’s „1st independent German book on chess“, substantially enlarged edition with 20 copper plates, 1841

Johann ALLGAIER: ANWEISUNG ZUM SCHACHSPIELE [Instructions For Playing Chess]. In zwei Theilen [2 parts in 1 vol.] 7. Auflage [7th enlarged and corrected edition). With 20 copper-engraved plates. Wien: 1841.

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Johann ALLGAIER; C. de SANTO VITO, Hg.: ANWEISUNG ZUM SCHACHSPIELE [Instructions For Playing Chess]. In zwei Theilen [2 parts in 1 vol.] Siebente, vermehrte und von allen Druckfehlern gereinigte Auflage [7th enlarged and corrected edition). With 1 copper-engraved frontispiece (depicting a chessboard) and 19 multi-folded copper-engraved plates (showing tables with sample games). Wien: Carl Haas 1841.

8°. [XII], 285 [1] Seiten. Contemporary half leather on 4 faked raised bands with ornamental gilt title.

First printing of the 7th, substantially enlarged edition of Allgaier's popular reference book on chess, containing 55 pages of text and 10 multi-folded copper-engraved plates with sample games of „foreign“ masters in addition.

Author, content: In the 1st part, originally published in 1795, Johann Allgaier (1763-1823), a chess-master himself and important theoretician, enfolded his strategies based on his own exhaustive experience, where as in the 2nd part the editor C. de Santo Vito described collected sample games of „foreign“ chess masters. Van der Linde evaluates Allgaier's work as the „1st in parts independent German book on chess“.

Condition: Leather spine, edges and corners in parts worn, paper occasionally with minor foxing and time-stained, lower left corner of plates with barely recognisable water-stains (not affecting the engravings at all), otherwise well preserved copy.

Rarity: Hard to find in trade. JAP/APO shows only 2 complete copies at auction during the last 30 years.

Reference: Linde-N. 569; Chicco/Porreca, p. 14; Schmid, p. 102 ff.

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Weight 2 kg