New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1859. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo, gilt titled brown pebbled cloth with publisher's embossed emblem center of both boards, brown endpapers, xii, 563pp,diagrams, biblio., list of subscribers, accounts, solutions, indexes, 12pp ads, gilt decorated chromolithographic frontis. with tissue guard depicting Paul Morphy's winning game in 68 moves. Very Good. Item #900182
An account of the 67 games of the first American Chess Congress, held in New York October 6 - November 10, 1857, and organized by author Daniel Fisk. The top sixteen American chess players were invited to compete; first prize being $300. Paul Morphy took the the tournament and, although he refused the monetary prize, was awarded a silver service by Oliver Wendell Holmes. The book is dedicated: "To Paul Morphy - the hero of that American tournament whose story is here told, and the conqueror upon the traditionary battle fields of Europe, I dedicate this book with every sentiment of esteem and friendship." Contemporary bookplate incompletely removed first free endpaper, a bit of minor wear to spine ends, a very good copy of a monumental work in the history of American chess.