Analyse du Jeu des Échecs, Par Philidor, Avec une nouvelle notation abrégée, et quarante-deux plances où se trouve figurée la situation du jeu pour les renvois et les fins de partie.

PHILIDOR, François-André Danican

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Philidor (1726 – 1795) was a French composer who was also regarded as the best chess player of his age. He once played three blindfold games simultaneously in a chess club in London. A well-known chess opening and a checkmate method are both named after him. Eventually, as the clipping on the inside cover notes, he was forced to flee the French Revolution and settle permanently in England. First published in 1749, this book was a standard chess manual for at least a century. It was the first that gave detailed annotations on how to play the middle part of the game, that presented chess strategy as a whole, and that presented the concepts of the blockade, prophylaxis, positional sacrifice, and mobility of the pawn formation. A scarce edition, produced in the U.S. in French. Note the bookplate for Rev. F. X. Burque, apparently a well-known 19th-century chess player from St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: J. Johnston
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1821
  • Place Published: Philadelphie
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    Nouvelle Édition. A laquelle on a joint la figure et la marche des différentes pièces de de Jeu, ainsi que l'explication des termes qui lui sont particuliers. [7], 4-12, 131-134, 13-126, [7], 138-150 p. + plates (pp. 131-134 misbound). 18 cm. 21 colour plates at rear in red, green and black. One b&w woodcut diagram of chess pieces. Full leather with gold impressing. Chipped spine ends and worn corners. Bookplate and clipping on front pastedown. Ink notations on bottom of front pastedown, rear of front free endpaper, and top of half title. Foxing. Tear in p. 143.