Chess Problems

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J.J. Brownson, 1873 - Chess problems - 63 pages
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An interesting collection with some extra historical value. This readable version was originally scanned from a volume missing pages 9 through 12 (problems 10 through 17). It's possible this may have been a single folded "signature" sheet originally stitched (or otherwise attached) into the binding, or it could be a simple oversight that occurred during the scan process. All problem solutions were available. After a couple years of spare-time online research, I found the missing pages in a later "sampler" released by the same publisher, also available here at Google Books. When viewing this book, the newly inserted missing page scans appear larger than the rest of the scans in the book, but the entire book is now complete for interested viewers. In any case, the more compelling aspect of this rare book is in the person of its author, a former slave who was possibly the first African-American chess master. A search of online problem and game databases will turn up more information on Theophilus A. Thompson. Another intriguing feature of this slender volume is the several pages devoted to other chess books and periodicals offered by the same publisher. There were a couple chess books in the $10.00 to $16.00 range. That was quite a price tag in 1873. One could purchase a serviceable medium-quality firearm for that amount back then! This book originally sold for $1.00. That would have been about an entire day's earnings for the average wage earner of that time.
— Keith Halonen

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