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Chess Craze Bad Tome 1 (W. H. Russ), by Grondijs. 35 numbere
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Current price : €248,00
Starting bid: €20,00
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Location: Czech Republic
Started: 2018-10-09 00:33:23
Ended: 2018-10-16 20:36:00
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William Henry Russ (1834-66)

US chess problems expert

by Harrie Grondijs

Tome 1: The Life + Works of W. H. Russ

One of 35 numbered/signed copies


Grondijs, Harrie: Chess Craze Bad, 1st Tome (volumes I + II).

Maastricht, De Groene Loper (former RUEB), 2015. Orig. hardcover with dust jacket. 108 + 148 pages. Colored text, all diagrams in color, color + b/w photos and illustrations. Limited edition of 35 numbered copies, signed by the author. This is copy no. 27. Size 25.5 cm. 740 grams. In English.

Fine condition: new book.

Author presents the biography and works of William Henry Russ, known also as William Russ Henry. He lived in New York and personally knew Morphy, Fiske, Loyd, George Allen and other well-known personalities of ca. 1860.

From the preface:

Russ was an expert collector of chess problems and books. He was the author of 3 chess tales and an article listing American chess columns, which all appeared in the Chess Monthly in 1860 and 1861. Furthermore, he contributed a series of chess columns to two weekly papers and wrote half a dozen biographical sketches, some of which were published in his lifetime, some others only many years later near the end of the nineteenth century…

For auction is the 1st Tome (of Two), which presents the life story of Russ and his literary chess works.

The 2nd Tome, which we are offering in another auction (copy number 27 as well), presents more than 100 letters written by Russ as well as some letters his chess friends.


Harrie Grondijs is expert on the history of chess and endgame studies. His books, which always have high quality of both content and form, often bring information that is hard to find in other sources.

I am listing a small collection of Harrie Grondijs' works – all are limited/signed editions. Please visit my other auctions for details.

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