The estate of the late Fred Snitzer has donated some very old and valuable books to IS 318, and we are looking to sell them. Titles include:
- Jaenisch's Chess Preceptor: A New Analysis of the Openings of Games (1847)
- A Treatise on the Game of Chess Containing a Regular System of Attack and Defense J. H. Sarratt (1822)
- A New Treatise on the Game of Chess J. H. Sarratt (1821)
- Studies of Chess; containing Caissa, A Poem by Sir William Jones A Systematic Introduction to the Game and the Whole Analysis of Chess composed by Mr. A. D. Philador (two volumes) 1803
- A Selection of Fifty Games from Those Played by the Automaton Chess player (1820)
- The Incomparable Game of Chess J. S. Bingham (1820)
- Practical Chess Grammar W. S. Kenny (1818)
- A Selection of Games of Chess Played at the Westminister Chess Club between Mnsr. L. C de la Bourdonnais and an English Amateur of First Rate Skill W. Lewis (18350
- Paul Morphy the Chess Champion (1859)
- Encyclopedia des Echecs A. Alexander (1837)
I believe all the above are first editions and in great shape. (I inspected 4-5, not all) The oldest ones have removable plastic covers to protect them. There are also better known titles like
- Capablanca's My Chess Career
- Reti's Masters of the Chessboard
- Nimzowitsch's My System
There are also complete sets of Chess Life and America Chess Bulletin, carefully preserved and dating back to the early 1900s. There are also some of Fedorowicz's old scoresheets from the 1970s!
You can view photos and photocopies of the books and their title pages here, as well as online (AbeBooks) estimates of their value.
We'd also be grateful if anyone who knows something about chess books would be able to value them, and the estate is potentially willing to pay for a valuation.
All proceeds from the sale will go to supporting the IS 318 chess team.