The Art of Chess

Schafroth, Colleen

Published by Harry N Abrams Inc, 2002
ISBN 10: 0810910012 / ISBN 13: 9780810910010
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2002, ex library stamps, library bar code in rear, hard cover, slight edgewear, hinge crack, d.j. has some edgewear, d.j. attached to book, label taped to spine of d.j., Color photos and illustrations, B&W illustrations, 175 p. Seller Inventory # 60474

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Synopsis: Perfect for chess aficionados and collectors of chess art, this gorgeous volume, drawn from international collections, brings to life the history of chess-playing cultures around the world through vibrant illustrations, from a painting in the tomb of Queen Nefertari showing her playing senet, a forerunner of chess, to a French illuminated manuscript depicting Tristan and Isolde taking a love potion while playing chess.

From Booklist: Historian Schafroth offers an engaging history of the game of chess. She traces its migration from India and/or China to Persia and Europe via the Islamic world, noting how the design of the pieces was influenced by each culture. Polytheistic India created floridly representational figures, while Islamic disapproval of the human image resulted in the sculpting of more abstract pieces. In this contextual vein, Schafroth's pictured sets include a Soviet porcelain ensemble pitting capitalists against proletarians, and many modeled on medieval society's knights, bishops, and peons. The craftsmanship of these sets is another focus of the album: carved from bone, ivory, and crystal, chess sets were menageries of statuary for the kings who ordered them. As the game gained in popularity, the design of its pieces became more functional: the Staunton design, with its iconic horse head for the knight, dates from the mid-1800s. The handsome photographs in Schafroth's showcase will hold chess lovers rapt. Gilbert Taylor
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Title: The Art of Chess
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fair
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