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An inquiry into the antient Greek game, supposed to have been invented by Palamedes, antecedent to the siege of Troy : with reasons for believing the same to have been known from remote antiquity in China, and progressively improved into the Chinese, Indian, Persian, and European chess ; also, two dissertations, I. On the Athenian Skirophoria, II. On the Mystical meaning of the bough and umbrella, in the Skiran rites.
Christie, James, 1773-1831
London : T. Becket, 1801.
xvi, 169 p., iv,  leaves of plates : ill. ; 28 cm.
Religious life and customs
Tresham, Henry, 1749?-1814
Published anonymously. By James Christie. Cf. Dict. nat. biog.
Three of the illustrations are by Henry Tresham. Cf. Pref.
Special illustrated title pages for parts of the main work read: [p. 1] Of the antient games of skill. Of the [petteía, triódion], and ludus latrunculorum; [p. 27] Of the mixed games of chance and skill. Of the alveus and [plinthíon]; [p. 53] Of the Chinese, Indian, Persian, and European Chess. Of the [petteía], as known among the Chinese.
"Appendix" contains: Of the Scythian rites (p. 89-95); A dissertation upon the Athenian Skirophoria ... (p. -122); A second dissertation upon the mystical signification of the bough and the umbrella ... (p. -169, including "Postscript": Of the religion of the Pelasgi)
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