A Handbook of Chess by G. Pardon, 1862

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‘A Handbook of Chess’ by George Frederick Pardon. 3rd edition, 1862.

Covers the rudiments of chess, the usual openings advice and specific treatments of the popular openings of the time,, and then prints games by contemporary masters, with light notes. For example, there are games by Morphy, Bird, Szen, Lowenthal, etc. The book concludes with a chapter on chess problems, with twelve examples, and two pages on chess endings ‘occurring in actual play’.

Hardcover, with embossed, illustrated cloth covers, 96 pages, 4.5” x 6.5”, published by George Routledge and Sons, 1862.

There are six pages of fascinating Victorian advertisements. I would be particularly interested in getting hold of ‘Freeman’s Chlorodyne’ (20 shillings a pint) which apparently cures colds, asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, diphtheria, epilepsy, meningitis, and along list of other diseases.