1855: Scarce pamphlet on chess
Observations on the origin and progress of Chess,
containing a brief account of the theory and practice of the Chaturanga, the primaeval game of the Hindus, also of the Shatranj, the mediaeval game of the Persians and Arabs. London Sercombe and Jack 1855
First edition pp.50. Disbound from a volume of pamphlets. Title page waterstained. Otherwise a very good copy. Presentation inscription "Major Goldsmid, with best wishes, from the author".
Duncan Forbes (1798-1868) was a Scottish linguist. He taught at the Calcutta Academy for three years from 1823, when he was forced, by poor health, to return to London. He became Professor of Oriental languages at King's College and catalogued the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum. Major Goldsmid, later Sir Frederic John Goldsmid, served extensively in India and Persia and interpreted Arabic and Persian as well as Hindustani.