London: Dean & Son, (1878). Hardcover. Octavo, 8-3/8 x 5-5/8", green cloth, with gilt chess-board decoration front board, xvi, 248pp, tri-fold frontispiece with illustrations of three chess boards dedicated to chess companion A. P. Barnes (notably representing the author's initials - H. E. B.), yellow endpapers with advertisements, includes 30 standard openings, 15 special or irregular openings, followed by an appendix with the most current openings of the day, illustrative games and diagrams,11 problems, and ending with a list of subscribers in America and Canada, and a first list of subscribers in England (further list in due course). Fine. Item #900177
No date on title or copyright pages, author's note to subscribers in America and Canada dated October 1877; preface dated April 1878. With Diagrams of Notable Positions & Problems. One of the earliest chess books dedicated to chess openings published in English. The author himself participated in three International Chess Tournaments - in London in 1851; Vienna in 1873; and Philadelphia in 1987 - and is the originator of "Bird's Opening," a standard flank opening (A02 and A03 in "The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings"). A very bright, crisp and clean copy of a classic work on chess.