Lothar Schmid was a personal friend of Ken Whyld but "The Omniscient
One" couldn't move the "chess player, collector, publisher"
to make a catalogue of his collection. At least there is – in
a very small edition (100 copies) – an offprint
of an article by Marion Faber from "Librarium, Zeitschrift der
Schweizerischen Bibliophilen-Gesellschaft" issue I/1980 (23rd
year) bearing just such a title, quite by chance M.N. became its proud
owner when visiting a Düsseldorf antiquarian bookshop. It's no.
19/100 and it belonged to the late Rolf Rönnefahrt, a friend
of L.S.'s youth. (M.N.)
Polish title of this marvellous story is: "Spotkanie w Telgte",
published 1992 in Poland. And in the year of the German first edition the
tale was translated into English: "The Meeting at Telgte".
Chess in Printed Works of the Baroque Period
After the Humanism the central artistic events had moved to the east,
to the old German-speaking regions, they appeared in urban cultures
such as Riga, Dorpat, Reval, Thorn, Danzig, to cite only a few.
The German writer Günter Grass has given a description of the
baroque period in a very concise and clear style in his tale worth
reading "Das Treffen in Telgte" (1979).
are printed works of the baroque age (1600-1700) dealing with chess.
Among them are particularly printed works which are generally not
considered as "chess books" such as the Selenus but belong
to different literary genres. Chess is related to the following names:
Johann Lassenius, Adam Olearius, Luis Garon, Martin Limburger, Georg
Philipp Harsdörffer, Christoph Ludwig Dietherr von Anwanden,
Julius Wilhelm Zincgref, Laurentius von Schnüffis, Daniel Caspar
von Lohenstein, Friedrich Hortleder, Caspar Dornau, Erasmus Francisci,
to name only several. Their works frequently deal with moral questions
of chess, but the authors of the baroque period also showed an interest
in blind chess, living chess, the pawn promotion and other aspects
and emblem from: Martin Limburger (1637-1692), Die Betruebte Pegnesis
[ill. p. 14, Schach in Drucken des Barocks]
It is thanks to our Antwerp ex-libris expert that the two previous
publications by Karel Falleyn (1992 and 1996) on this subject have
been combined, but also 165 new ex-libris have been added. In total
1350 different ex-libris with chess motifs are represented! Lists
sorted by catalogue number, by owner and by artist, have been revised
and fully integrated.
You can order this wonderfully illustrated book directly from the
For his latest work (co-authored by Guy Van Habberney) see this entry.
A further "gigantic" undertaking is the collection of
Alekhine's games by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G. P. Verhoeven
for which I show absolute admiration. You should imagine this book
being supplemented with a perfect Aljekhine biography as planned
by Ken Whyld – but that didn’t happen anymore. Likewise
it's a pity that Rob Verhoeven has in the meantime completely retired
from chess bibliography and chess history. (M.N.)