Moritz Retzsch - "The Game of Life or The Chess-Players" - 1837

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"The Game of Life or The Chess-Players" by Moritz Retzsch, Boston 1837. Four text pages plus plate, paperback booklet, oblong (13.5" wide x 9.75" high). Original printed paper wraps.

This booklet contains the first print of the famous engraving depicting players doing battle at the board - the Devil playing a young man for his soul. The engraving was later copied for a painting, which is just as famous and popular as the original engraving.