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The Booke of the ordinary games at Chestes [Chess]

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MS. Add. A. 277
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'The Booke of the ordinary games at Chestes [Chess], composed by Joachimo Greco an Italian, borne in Calabria; written for Nicholas Mountstephen dwellinge at Ludgate in London, Anno Dominj 1623', about 175 openings or games. At fol. 152 are several 'Gambetti di Joachimo Greco Calabrese.'


  • Creation: written in A.D. 1623 in London


226 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. A. 277, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. A. 277

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19054


The Booke of the ordinary games at Chestes [Chess], written in A.D. 1623 in London.

Biographical / Historical

Gioacchino Greco, alias Cusentino and il Calabrese (c.1600-c.1634), was a chess player and writer.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 29394.

Custodial History

'Fermanagh 1703 Pretm 18 pence'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought at an auction at Sotheby's on Aug. 15, 1884, for £3 5s.

Physical Facet

On paper; with some painted ornaments


8 7/8 × 7 1/8 in.

The Booke of the ordinary games at Chestes [Chess]
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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