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Author: Abbott, Jacob:

Title: The History of Pyrrhus.

Publication: London: Nathaniel Cooke (late Ingram, Cooke, and Co.), 1853.

Description: 8vo., pp.[iv], 187, [i]. Engraved half-title, decorative initials and illustrations in the text (including map). Some very faint spots of foxing to title page, bright and clean inside. Black sheep with embossed grain, spine and boards heavily gilt stamped, a.e.g., pale yellow endpapers. Joints a little rubbed but a very good, attractive copy.

The publisher of this small volume, Nathaniel Cooke, was also the designer of the now-standard 'Staunton' chess set. Cooke was editor of the Illustrated London News, in which Howard Staunton's chess column appeared. In September of 1849 Staunton, at Cooke's request, advertised the new chess set. The set went on to become enormously popular, but with Staunton's name attached rather than Cooke's.


Reference Number: [54333]

Price: £30


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