The Game of Chess by William Caxton

The Game of Chess by William Caxton

United Kingdom — Ca. 1483

The Game of Chess by William Caxton

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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.

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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
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Ca. 1483
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English version of the Latin text Liber de Ludo Scaccorum by Jacobus de Cessolis
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#1 The Game of Chess

Commentary: 1 volume by Norman F. Blake
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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