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    Sale 2468 | Lot 113
    Price Realized: $68,750With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2468 Lot 113

      LUCENA, LUIS DE. Repetición de amores, y Arte de ajedres. [87] (of [124]) leaves, comprising the second part (of 2), complete except for the final blank: Arte de ajedres. 161 woodcut chessboard diagrams within woodcut borders; large woodcut decorated initials of various sizes throughout. Gothic type. 4to, 199x141 mm, old limp vellum with thong catches and clasps, soiled and worn, contents partly loose in binding; marginal soiling through most of volume, scattered foxing, dampstaining at beginning and end, scattered occasionally dark stains elsewhere, first leaf crudely remargined and rehinged without text loss, few early marginalia, indistinct stamp on first page, later pen and pencil inscriptions on front endleaf. [Salamanca: Leonardus Hutz and Lupus Sanz, circa 1496-97]

      Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

      scarce first edition of the earliest extant manual of modern chess, published together with a misogynistic poem on love not present in this copy. Lucena's book, containing a discussion of 11 openings and 150 problems, is thought to be based on a 1495 work in Catalan by Francesc Vicent, of which no copy survives. H 10254; Haebler, Bibliografía Ibérica 371; Palau 143369; Polain (B) 2521; BMC X, 55; ISTC locates copies in 19 collections, including 6 in North America. RBH and ABPC record only an incomplete copy sold in 1984.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $68,750