A Selection of Games at Chess, Actually Played by Philidor and his Contemporaries – Now first published from the original Manuscripts with Notes and Additions by George Walker.
First Edition. London, Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, 1835. Duodecimo. Frontispiece, XVI, 110 pages plus 2 pages with advertising (List of Works by George Walker). Hardcover / Original cloth with original printed label to frontcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Front free endpaper missing. Very Rare !
George Walker (13 March 1803 – 23 April 1879) was an English chess player and author of The Celebrated Analysis of A D Philidor (London, 1832), The Art of Chess-Play: A New Treatise on the Game of Chess (London, 1832), A Selection of Games at Chess played by Philidor (London, 1835), Chess Made Easy (London, 1836), and Chess Studies (London, 1844).
In 1839 visited Paris and the Café de la Régence, where he lost (+1-2) a short match to Boncourt. In 1845, he teamed up with Henry Thomas Buckle, William Davies Evans, George Perigal, and William Josiah Tuckett in London in two telegraph games (one win and one draw) against a team of Howard Staunton and Hugh Alexander Kennedy in Portsmouth. He won a match against Daniel Harrwitz (7-5) at London 1846. Walker used his column in Bell’s Life to propagate organizing the international London 1851 chess tournament, the first international chess tournament. Adolf Anderssen won, leading many to consider him the world’s strongest player. (Wikipedia)