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SHASTREE, Trevangadacharya.

Essays on Chess, adapted to the European mode of play.

Consisting principally of positions or critical situations calculated to improve the learner and exercise the memory.

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Bombay, M.D. Cruz, 1814

'In the year 1814 there was published, in Bombay, an original work on chess, by a native of India, well known throughout the British dominions in Hindostan as a player and teacher of the game. The book was originally written in the Sanscrit tongue, but was printed in English, under the direction of the author, by the title Essays on Chess, and is prefaced by a goodly list of subscribers, both British and native. This volume is now exceedingly rare; many of its positions are exquisitely beautiful, and, in fact, of first-rate merit and science. Mr. Lewis reprinted the greater part of the work in England, under the title of Oriental Chess; for which favour, I have been told, the author was not particularly grateful. The name of this gifted Hindoo was Trevangadacharya Shastru. I have quoted him in this essay, because he was celebrated for playing well without seeing

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First edition. Small 4to, [xii], xiii, 178, [1] pp., first leaf blank with previous owner's inscription, small paper flaw to first leaf of subscribers' list early twentieth century half calf, light waterstain from page 132 to end, a very good copy.


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