Paris, France: Numa Preti, 1907. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Two volumes in publishers original red decorative cloth, 16mo (6-1/8 inches tall), pp. vol. 1 [unpaginated], illustrated throughout w. chess diagrams ; vol 2 lix, [lx - blank], 231 [232 - blank], illustrated, author index at rear. Vol 1 w. original price of "Prix : 6 Fr." stamped in black onto heel of spine and vol. 2 w. "1907" stamped in black onto heel of spine. Christmas wish slip "25 decembre 1907" from author bound in at title page of volume one. Volume one w. light soil and corners bumped, fade to spine and head pulled, volume two w. small stains to cloth of lower board, corners bumped, minor spotting to eps., rubbing and a pin-size puncture near heel. Text of both volumes w. some toning but clean throughout. With the private exlibris bookplate "Apprenti Sorcier" (Sorcerer's Apprentice) of the great Canadian collector and problemist Marc Benoît to front pastedown of both volumes, contemporary ink name and date to ffep of volume one. Very Good. Item #3581
One of the earliest Christmas Series set of chess problems published by A.C. White. "American problem composer, author, and patron. From his father he acquired a lifelong interest in chess problems. Each Christmas from 1905 to 1936 he published one or more problem books at his own expense, a total of 44 volumes known as the Christmas series." Hooper & Whyld, 2nd edition. A nice set, uncommon in good original condition.
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