Chess Bits & Obits - Purdy $47.95
The Royal Game didn't happen overnight. "Old Chess" spread from India to Persia before going to the Arabic countries and then to Spain, France, Italy, Germany and finally, England. It went directly from India/Persia to Russia. The oldest known game is from a 10th century Arabian MS. During those "ancient" times the Arabs even played "blindfold" chess!
In "New Chess", Purdy ally and friend John Hammond writes about the evolution of chess theory. Then Purdy picks up again and takes us on a guided tour of some of the best known players during his era - by presenting biographies after their passing in his Chess World magazine, one of the premiere chess publications of its day. Selections of 67 of their best games, player eccentricities, and their contributions are written out in the best style.