London: J. and P. Knapton and W. Sandby, 1750. Second edition. A copy signed by C. J. Lambert, talented British provincial player 1870-early 1900s, signed and dated Nov. 30th 1868; a copy which passed through two important English chess libraries - inscribed on the ffep "From the Whitman Chess Library" and "J W Rimington Wilson Chess Library". A compilation of the games of one of the strongest players of the 17th century, who died at the young age of 34. Rare; very few copies have appeared at auction in the last 20 years. First published in English in 1656 as "The Royall Game of Chesse-play..." by Giochino Greco (1600- c.1634), also known as Il Calabrese.
Lambert has six games recorded on chessgames.com from the Vizanagaram Tournement in London in 1883 and is profiled in British Chess Magazine Vol 22, p. 99-100. J. W. Rimington-Wilson's library is well described in "The J. W. Rimington-Wilson Library (part 1) blog by David Levy about Edmond Hoyle. The sales of "J. Rimington Wilson's, 1873... Channing W. Whitman's, May, 1874" are profiled in American Chess Magazine, Sept 1897.
12mo, 4 3/4 x 3", engraved frontispiece by I.S. Miller after C. D. Moor, a charming interior view of a chess game, and a plate of a chess board. Pp xxiii, , 212, errata on pp xxiii & the next leaf. Period brown calf boards, rebacked at an early date with raised bands, gilt rules on boards and spine. Spine head worn, a small gouge on the lower front board, a little bumped but pleasantly so, text block very bright. ESTC T128171; OCLC: 8480995 & OCLC: 265027616; Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana 396; BMC 10:1186.227; Delucia, Chess Library p. 46. Very good overall. Item #17876