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Pandolfini’s Endgame Course

Bruce Pandolfini (1947- ) 319 pages with diagrams, glossary and index. Octavo (8 8 1/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. The endgame has always been a particularly instructive phase of chess play. It provides the perfect opportunity for understanding the potential power of each chess piece in every chess situation-from opening move to checkmate. Yet unfortunately, the endgame is often viewed as an inaccessible area of play by average players whose experience is usually limited to watching championship games. Now Pandolfini's Endgame Course changes all that. Based on master teacher Pandolfini's private course for his students, this easy-to-use volume explains invaluable "inner circle" concepts and examples in a clear and entertaining format that allows any student with a basic knowledge of chess to enjoy endgame study-while also vastly improving every aspect of his or her chess play. With one endgame example per page and covering every endgame category in order of difficulty, Pandolfini walks the reader through all the basic endgame concepts. With a glossary of concepts and black-and-white diagrams throughout, this breakthrough volume is the not-so-secret password to a whole new realm of chess play and entertainment for the average player. Editorial Reviews These two works are as unalike as books about the same game can possibly be. Both are fine choices for their respective audiences. Pandolfini's, which uses algebraic notation throughout, is aimed at the beginning or intermediate player. Condition: Light edge wear else a better than very good copy.
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An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana

Edward Bartholomew Bancroft (1744-1821) [8]+iv+402+[2 ad] pages with frontispiece. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/4") bound in contemporary calf with six raised spine bands and gilt ruled edges to covers. (Field 70; Sabin 3106) First edition. Edward Bancroft was a Massachusetts-born physician and chemist who became a double agent, spying for both the United States and Great Britain while serving as secretary to the American Commission in Paris during the American Revolution. On July 14, 1763, after fleeing his apprenticeship, Bancroft left New England for the sugar-producing slave colonies of Dutch Guiana, where he became a plantation doctor. He soon expanded his practice to multiple plantations and wrote a study of the local environment. Based on observations of experiments already being performed on live eels by Dutch colonists in and around Surinam and Essequibo, Bancroft concluded that American eels and torpedo fish discharged electricity to stun their prey, rather than by imperceptibly swift mechanical action, as had previously been argued. Although he left South America in 1766, he published An Essay on the Natural History of Guiana, in South America in London 1769, where with the encouragement of Benjamin Franklin, he embarked on a career as a man of letters. The especial subject of the author's inquiries regarding the Indians, is the nature and use of the Wourali Poison, with which their weapons are charged. Condition: moderate wear, hinges cracked, minor foxing, minimal damp-staining, early owner's signature on title page, later owner's bookplate on front pastedown else a good copy, internally very good.
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Barcelona antigua y moderna. Descripción e historia de esta ciudad desde su fundación hasta nuestros días

Andrés Avelino Pi y Arimon (1793-1851) 2 volumes. x+682+[6 subscribers] pages with frontispiece, map, plates, tables and appendices. 1136 pages with plates, tables and index. Quarto (11 3/4" x 8 1/2") bound in quarter leather over brown cloth with five raised spine bands decorated in gilt with red label in gilt lettering. First edition. Barcelona was founded by the Romans who set up a colony called Barcino at the end of the 1st century BC. The colony had some thousand inhabitants and was bounded by a defensive wall, the remains of which can still be seen in the old town. For over 200 years, Barcelona was under Muslim rule, and, following the Christian reconquest, it became a county of the Carolingian Empire and one of the main residences of the court of the Crown of Aragon. The fruitful medieval period established Barcelona's position as the economic and political center of the Western Mediterranean. The city's Gothic Quarter bears witness to the splendor enjoyed by the city from the 13th to the 15th centuries. From the 15th to 18th centuries Barcelona entered a period of decline, while it struggled to maintain its economic and political independence. This struggle ended in 1714, when the city fell to the Bourbon troops and Catalonia's and Catalans' rights and privileges were suppressed. Condition: Rebound in modern quarter leather. Corners bumped, some rubbing to extremities, foxing to both volumes. Volume II with small hole to title near date published. Volume I with book plate to front paste-down else a very good set.
Anatoly Karpov: His Road to the World Championship

Anatoly Karpov: His Road to the World Championship

Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (1911-1995) xxiv+158 pages with diagrams and tables. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Translated by Kenneth P Neat. First edition. First published in Russian. Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov Karpov defeated Lev Polugaevsky by the score of +3=5 in the first Candidates' match, earning the right to face former champion Boris Spassky in the semifinal round. Karpov was on record saying that he believed Spassky would easily beat him and win the Candidates' cycle to face Fischer, and that he (Karpov) would win the following Candidates' cycle in 1977. Spassky won the first game as Black in good style, but tenacious, aggressive play from Karpov secured him overall victory by +4−1=6. The Candidates' final was played in Moscow with Korchnoi. Karpov took an early lead, winning the second game against the Sicilian Dragon, then scoring another victory in the sixth game. Following ten consecutive draws, Korchnoi threw away a winning position in the seventeenth game to give Karpov a 3–0 lead. In game 19, Korchnoi succeeded in winning a long endgame, then notched a speedy victory after a blunder by Karpov two games later. Three more draws, the last agreed by Karpov in a clearly better position, closed the match, as he thus prevailed +3−2=19, moving on to challenge Fischer for the world title. Condition: Heal corners bumped else a near fine copy.
Carlsbad International Chess Tournament 1929

Carlsbad International Chess Tournament 1929

Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) xiv+14++[15 ad] pages with table and diagrams. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Translated by Jim Marfia. First published in 1930. The fourth international master chess tournament to be held in the spa resort of Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia in 1929 was a round robin event involving 22 of the best chess masters in the world. Of the top players, only world champion Alexander Alekhine and former world champion Emanuel Lasker were missing. The line up of players included such names as Jose Capablanca, Efim Bogoljubov, Frank Marshall, Akiba Rubinstein, Milan Vidmar, Aron Nimzowitsch, and Rudolf Spielmann. Among the remaining invitations, one notable participant was Vera Menchik, the women's world champion, who joined despite the protests of some male colleagues, including fellow participant Albert Becker. The tournament was held in the Kurhaus Imperial Hotel from July 30 to August 28. The time control used was 30 moves in two hours followed by 15 moves in one hour. Despite Spielmann's amazing beginning of 9 points earned in the first ten rounds followed by Capablanca's shared lead in the standings from the thirteenth round on, it was to be Nimzowitsch's "finest hour," with a win over Savielly Tartakower propelling him to first place and the grand prize of 20,000 Kronen. Although he used this victory to campaign for his right to challenge Alekhine for the world championship, losses to the world champion at San Remo (1930) and Bled (1931) would dash his chances of competing for the world crown. Nevertheless, this victory among such a field of chess masters would shine as the high point of Nimzowitsch's career. Condition: Some internal finger soiling, front wrapper slightly creased, corners bumped else a very good copy.
A Dictionary of the Biloxi and Ofo Languages

A Dictionary of the Biloxi and Ofo Languages

James Owen Dorsey (1848-1895) and John Reed Swanton v+340 pages. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") bound in original publisher's olive green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. From the libraries of George M Foster and Harold Driver with Driver's signature to front end paper. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 47. First edition. Biloxi is an extinct Siouan language, which was once spoken by the Biloxi tribe in present-day Mississippi, Louisiana, and southeastern Texas. The Biloxi tribe first encountered Europeans in 1699, along the Pascagoula River. By the mid-18th century, they had settled in central Louisiana. Some were also noted in Texas in the early 19th century. By the early 19th century, their numbers were already dwindling. By 1934, the last native speaker, Emma Jackson, was in her eighties. Morris Swadesh and Mary Haas spoke with her in 1934 and confirmed that she spoke the language. The Ofo language was a language spoken by the Mosopelea tribe until c. 1673 in what is now Ohio, along the Ohio River. The tribe moved down the Mississippi River to Mississippi, near the Natchez people, and then to Louisiana, settling near the Tunica. In the 18th century, the Mosopelea were known under the names Oufé and Offogoula. On the basis of the presence of the phoneme /f/ in these names, it was once suspected that Ofo was a Muskogean language. However, anthropologist John R. Swanton discovered an aged female speaker of Ofo, Rosa Pierrette in 1908 while he was conducting fieldwork among the Tunica, he was then able to confirm that the language was Siouan and was similar to Biloxi. Pierette had spoken Ofo as a child but Swanton says she told him that the rest of her tribe "had killed each other off" when she was 17. Condition: Spine extremities rubbed, spine gilt dulled, some shelf wear, Foster's stamp to title else a very good copy.