hist-games: Courier chess

u.schaedler at museedujeu.com u.schaedler at museedujeu.com
Mon Jun 18 03:02:44 PDT 2007

Hi and many thanks for the document. In fact, the pieces they HAD at
Ströbeck had been given to the village in the 17th century by the "Grosse
Kurfürst" Friedrich Wilhelm I of Brandenburg. They are now lost.
So the only illustrations of the pieces we have seem to be: Lucas van
Leyden's painting, Jan de Bray's drawing, Gustavus Selenus' illustrations
and the photography of the pieces formerly at Ströbeck.
The search must go on...


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De la part de Jon at Gothic Green Oak
Envoyé : lundi, 18. juin 2007 11:46
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Objet : hist-games: Courier chess

Hi all
An update to the courier chess messages
I had a document sent to me from the Schachmuseum with a picture of the
courier chess pieces they have which are reproductions of what they date to
1651 (the original pieces lost in 1945) 
Jim sent details of the courier chess men illustrated in Gustavus Selenus 
1616 book "Das Schach oder Konig Spiel" fortunately reproduced on p 230 of
Marilyn Yalom's "Birth of the Chess Queen" (Perennial Books,  2004) which is
widely available for those interested. 
The pieces are of course the same though of a slightly different date. 
These are post medieval and not the symbolic pieces I am after. I suspect
they do not survive and are not misidentified as I hoped. 
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