The Game of Chess by William Caxton

The Game of Chess by William Caxton Facsimile Edition

United Kingdom — Ca. 1483

One of the first books to be printed in the English language: an allegory for medieval society using chess pieces as metaphors for different classes of people

  1. William Caxton (ca. 1422 – ca. 1491) was an English merchant, diplomat, and writer

  2. Caxton is also credited with bringing the first printing press to England in 1476

  3. The early English print is based on the work of Jacobus de Cessolis (ca. 1250 – ca. 1322)

The Game of Chess by William Caxton

  1. Description
  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Description
The Game of Chess by William Caxton

William Caxton was an English merchant, diplomat, and writer who is believed to have brought the first printing press to England. One of the first books to be printed in the English language was The Game and Playe of Chesse, which was published in 1474 and is based on the work of Jacobus de Cessolis. It presents the game of chess as an allegory for medieval society and used chess pieces as metaphors for different classes of people. The work also emphasizes the roles played by various members of the social hierarchy and the obligations they owe to one another.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Das Schachspiel von William Caxton
The Game of Chess Translated by William Caxton
The Game and Playe of the Chesse
Liber de ludo scaccorum
De ludo scaccorum
Date
Ca. 1483
Style
Language
Content
English version of the Latin text Liber de Ludo Scaccorum by Jacobus de Cessolis
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Scolar Press – London, 1976
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Game of Chess

Scolar Press – London, 1976

Publisher: Scolar Press – London, 1976
Commentary: 1 volume by Norman F. Blake
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
You might also be interested in:
Book of The World – The Saxon World Chronicle Facsimile Edition
Book of The World – The Saxon World Chronicle
Germany – 13th century

From Creation to the Middle Ages: the first German-language world chronicle in prose, adorned with 500 wonderful miniatures

Experience More
Tractatus de Ludo Scacorum Facsimile Edition
Tractatus de Ludo Scacorum
Prague (Czech Republic) – 1400–1425

Created in the famous Wenceslas workshop in Prague: the chess game in golden miniatures as an allegory of human society

Experience More
Blog articles worth reading
Filter selection
Publisher