The ABC Of Chess


By A Lady [H.I. Cooke]

A rare copy of the first book about chess written by a woman


  • Subtitled: Being A Concise & Easy Introduction To Chess; With Laws Of The Game, Diagrams, &c
  • Likely Eighth Edition [Jaques & Son, London, c1900*]; 13.5cm x 10.5cm; 51 pp + 13 pages publisher’s ads; saddle-sewn self-wrappers**, slight corner crease, minor insect damage, a good, clean copy
  • The first chess book written by a woman [H.I. Cooke] first published in 1860
  • Includes essay Morals Of Chess by Benjamin Franklin [yes, that Benjamin Franklin]
  • A rare item

*No date is printed, but this book ran to ten editions

**Lacks the original wrappers – appears to have been re-sewn with the title page leaf as front