De ludo scachorum.
England, between 1400 and 1425.
19th-century brown morocco, stamped and blind-tooled; central border with mesh design surrounded by a chain border; binding signed by Francis Bedford.
Purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) in 1920.
90 leaves (1 column, 22 lines), bound : vellum ; 210 x 150 mm
Owned in the 16th century by Francis Bourne, a gift from his uncle (inscription on fol. 1); erased 19th-century inscriptions by John Longly on front flyleaves; purchased by Henry Huth from Quaritch in 1875 (A.H. Huth, Catalogue of the Library, London, 1880, I, p. 288); A.H. Huth sale (London, Sotheby's June 6, 1912); second day, lot 1445) to Maggs; Rev. John Henry Ellis (his sale, London, Sotheby's, June 30, 1913, lot 42) to Leighton; his sale (London, Sotheby's, Nov. 14, 1918, I, lot 203) to Maggs; purchased by J.P. Morgan (1867-1943) from Giuseppi Martini in 1920 (catalogue 15, no. 16).
Ms. chess manual; written in England in the first quarter of the 15th century.
It is said that the manuscript was formerly bound with a copy of Aristotle's, Secretum secretorum (Huth sale, first portion, Nov. 16, 1911, second day, lot 265) that was purchased by Halle--Cf. De Ricci.
textura and bastarda