Wednesday 23 March 2016

Endpapers with a chess theme

Some further examples.

Chess: A celebration of 2000 years by Roswin Finkenzeller, Wilhelm Ziehr and Emil M. Bührer, Mackenzie Publishing Ltd., London 1990.

This lavishly illustrated book contains many beautiful chess related works of art, portraits, photographs and drawings.  The endpapers show a copperplate engraving of Duke August of Braunschweig-Luneberg playing chess, taken from Das Schach-oder Konig-Spiel (Chess or the Game of Kings) by Gustavus Selenus, Leipzig 1616.

Chess: A celebration of 2000 years endpapers

Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana aucta et de novo descripta compiled by K.W. Kruijswijk, The Hague 1974.

Title page


No details are given about these endpapers (same front and rear) however, the illustration appears again, between pages 48 and 49, within the title page of Bibliothek Dr. Max Lange, Leipzig 1900. This is item 597 in the book where it states that the picture is from a German manuscript dated 1334. 

Ralf Binnewirtz of Meerbusch Germany,  has sent further details of illustrated endpapers in Bernd Ellinghoven's Edition Feenschach-phénix series of books as follows:

100 & ein Schachproblem von Siegfried Brehmer by Siegfried Brehmer and Wieland Bruch.

Der Blick Zurück: Eine Einführung in die Retroanalyse Mit einer Auswahl Eigener Aufgaben by Wolfgang Dittmann.

Front cover

Wolfgang Dittmann

Mostly Three=Movers: Collected Chess Problems 1939-1993 by R.C.O. Matthews.

R.C.O. Matthews

Subtleties on 64 Squares: Some Chess Problems by Réne J. Millour.

Réne Millour

The Chessboard Adventures of Norman Macleod by John Rice.

As in all Arts: Selected Chess Problems of Schlomo Seider by Theodor Tauber.

Photographs of the problemists, often in a landscape setting, are shown on the endpapers.   

                                      © Michael Clapham 2016 

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