New York: Beadle and Company, Publishers, 118 William Street. (1860). Later issue of the second edition, ca 1885. 80 pp. Illustrated with 9 chess board scenarios & figures of the divers pieces. 12mo. 6-3/8" x 4-1/8". Original publisher's printed orange paper wrappers (Type II-HB). Modest wear & soiling, with slight paper loss to spine ends. A VG+ example. Item #37364
Hazeltine was a prominent 19th C. chess authority, chiefly known from his role as chess editor for the New York Clipper, a position he held for more than fifty years. However, his first chess column appeared in the 3 February 1855 New York Saturday Courier, a pioneer effort, one often regarded the first chess column published in the United States. Shortly thereafter he began his long running Clipper column [August 1856], never missing a single issue until death claimed him in 1907.
This chess work for Beadle the first of two books he wrote on the subject, this one appearing initially in 1860, followed by his 1866 "Brevity and Brilliancy in Chess".
As a historical side-note, Philador is often quoted as saying, "Pawns are the soul of chess." However, such a statement does not specifically appear in Philador's printed texts, but does 1st appear in print here in Hazeltine's work, p. 44 [cf. Edward Winter, CHESS NOTES].
Despite being constantly in print for a number of decades, this work now somewhat uncommon in the trade, especially in this nice condition.