RAS Persian 211. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)
1 copy of Risalah-i Shatranj
Defective. Author unknown. 64 diagrams of chess problems (see above) precede 63 pages of text, bound out of order. Much of the original is missing. There are separate foliations for diagrams and text, on the versos. Author unknown (defective). F1a: Signature of David Price. Folio preceding 1a, recto: 'The gift of'' preceding the name, written in Persian of Mr Robert Holford. Below this 'H. Ross', perhaps in the same hand as 'The gift of''. Red leather Indian cover with blind-stamped and painted decoration, rebound from the Carnegie U.K. Trust grant, 1929. Presumably it was at the same time that a number of the pages were carefully repaired, and that the present outer casing was provided. The original manuscript was of very high quality. There is an illuminated panel at the top of f1b. Ruled margins and section dividers, partly in gold. Headings and quranic quotations in gold. Punctuated with small decorative rosettes in black highlighted in gold. A treatise on the game of chess, including an apparently unique description of the variety known as Great Chess.
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Provenance and Acquisition
Bequeathed by Major David Price.