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GAME AND PLAYE OF THE CHESSE.
A VERBATIM REPRINT OF THE FIRST EDITION.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION
WILLIAM E.A. AXON, M.R.S.L.
“And ther was founde by clerkes full prudent
Of the chesse the play most glorious.”
LONDON: ELLIOT STOCK,
62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.
[Transcribers Note: This is a reprint of Caxton’s 1474 original. “Englifh” long s’s which look very similar to f’s have been transposed to s’s for readability; yogh (looks like a mutated 3) has been rendered as a 3; thorn, þ, has been left as such and macrons over letters are given as e.g. [=o]. Otherwise the text has been left as is.
The original punctutation has been preseved. Virgula suspensiva, shown here as / was in common use from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. Often used for short pauses (such as the cæsura in the middle of a line of poetry), but sometimes was used as equivalent to the punctus. ‘9 represents a superscripted 9 and is an ancestor to the modern apostrophe. It usually indicates the omission of a terminal -us.
A small amount of text in this edition is in Blackletter, which was used in the Caxton original, and these sections have been marked up as such.
The book contains many attractive illustrations copied from the Caxton original and an HTML version exists to give a better representation of this.]
Jonathon Oldbuck on the Game of Chess, 1474
The First Edition: copies in libraries and at sales
Where was it printed?
Caxton’s account of the translation
The Second Edition: copies in libraries and at sales
Ferron and De Vignay’s “Jeu d’Echecs”
Jacques de Cessoles: “Liber de Moribus hominum”
Sermons on Chess
Ægidius Romanus, his life and his book: “De Regimine Principum”
William Caxton as a translator
Bibliography of the Chess Book:
Ferron and De Vignay
Conrad van Ammenhaufen
Heinrich von Beringen
The scope and language of the Chess-book
Authors quoted and named
Biblical names and allusions
Xerxes the inventor of Chess!
John the monk
Truphes of the Philosophers
Mediæval allusions and stories
John of Ganazath
The dishonest trader
The drunken hermit
A violent remedy
Murder of Nero
Democritus of Abdera
Didymus and raised letters for the blind
Caxton at Ghent
The history of Chess
The ethical aim of the writer of the Chess-book
This booke conteyneth. iiii. traytees/ The first traytee is of the Invencion of this playe of the chesse/ and conteyneth. iii. chapitres.
The thirde of the yssue of the quene. [Transcribers note: Original mislabels 3rd chapter as a second 2nd chapter]