Jonathon Oldbuck on the Game of Chess, 1474
The First Edition: copies in libraries and at sales
Where was it printed?
Caxton’s account of the translation
The Second Edition: copies in libraries and at sales
Ferron and De Vignay’s “Jeu d’Echecs”
Jacques de Cessoles: “Liber de Moribus hominum”
Sermons on Chess
AEgidius Romanus, his life and his book: “De Regimine Principum”
William Caxton as a translator
Bibliography of the Chess Book:
Ferron and De Vignay
Conrad van Ammenhaufen
Heinrich von Beringen
The scope and language of the Chess-book
Authors quoted and named
Biblical names and allusions
Xerxes the inventor of Chess!
John the monk
Truphes of the Philosophers
Mediaeval allusions and stories
John of Ganazath
The dishonest trader
The drunken hermit
A violent remedy
Murder of Nero
Democritus of Abdera
Didymus and raised letters for the blind
Caxton at Ghent
The history of Chess
The ethical aim of the writer of the Chess-book
Dedication to the Duke of Clarence
Prologue to second edition
This booke conteyneth. iiii. traytees/
The first traytee is of the
Invencion of this playe of the chesse/ and conteyneth. iii.
The first chapitre is under what kynge this play was founden.
The .ii. chapitre/ who fonde this playe.
The .iii. chapitre/ treteth of.
iii. causes why hit was made and
The seconde traytee treteth of the
chesse men/ and
conteyneth .v. chapitres.
The first chapitre treteth of the
forme of a kynge and of suche
thinges as apperteyn to a kynge.
The .ii. chapitre treteth of y’e quene & her forme & maners.
The .iii. chapitre of the forme
of the alphins and her offices and
The .iiii. chapitre is of the knygth and of his offices.
The .v. is of the rooks and of their maners and offices.
The thirde traytee is of the offices
of the comyn peple And hath
The first chapitre is of the labourers & tilinge of the erthe.
The .ii. of smythis and other werkes in yron & metall.
The .iii. is of drapers and makers of cloth & notaries.