Alexandre - Beauties of Chess - 1846

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ALEXANDRE, A. (AARON). - The Beauties of Chess: A Collection of the Finest Chess Problems Extant; Including Upwards of Two Thousand Curious Positions Won or Drawn by Brilliant "Coups," Selected Vrom the Works of the First Chess-Writers Past and Present
London, Barthes and Lowell, Foreign Booksellers, 1846. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 1/2 modern textured bookcloth and old marbled boards, viii, 340, 68 pp. New spine and corners, portion of old spine (with title) laid down, pages moderately foxed and darkened, old dampstain to upper corner margin of many leaves, old pencil notations throughout, overall presentable and quite sturdy. Aaron Alexandre (1766-1850) was a Bavarian-born Jew (trained as a rabbi) who became a French citizen in 1793 (he later moved to England). Alexandre devoted most of his later years to chess. In 1837 he published his "Encyclopedie des Echecs" (Encyclopedia of Chess) - the first book to catalog all of the known opening variations. "The Beauties of Chess" has the distinction of being the first large collection of chess problems to be compiled and published. Rare. OCLC records only 7 copies of the English-language edition.