Country by country each chapter of Chessmen for Collectors systematically charts the development of chess sets in chronological order, giving the collector an instant means of identification. The accompanying mass of illustrations (50 colour and 273 black and white) gives details of the diverse materials used - ivory, wood, porcelain, bronze - precise heights of pawns and pieces, their provenance and date.

Ivory Indian chessmen, chariots and juggernauts, late eighteenth century

The text and illustrations together highlight the variation of style in English Staunton sets, Indian ivory sets, Spanish 'pulpit' chessmen and delicate French eighteenth-century sets, as well as highly unusual, 'one-off' sets from Africa and America. The whole amounts to a highly authoritative, wide-ranging reference work for any kind of chess collector.

Illustrated Guide to World Chessmen Continued...

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