The Pocket Chess-Board
D. Appleton & Company, 1858

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The Pocket Chess-Board
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The Pocket Chess-Board
D. Appleton & Company, 346 & 348 Broadway, New York: 1858
Folding game with paper chess pieces in cloth case.
3.75 x 6 inches case
7.5 x 6 inches open
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Traveler's pocket chessboard in hardcover cloth case. The folding chess board has a paper surface, and is in two halves on a hardcover cloth backing. Inside are 16 blue and 16 red printed paper chess pieces which fit into slots in the chess board. Box cover reads: "The Pocket Chess Board, Being a Chess and Checker-Board Provided with a Complete Set of Men, Adapted for Playing Games in Rail-Cars/ And for Folding Up Without Disturbing the Game, Price 50 cents."

This is an early pocket chess set, manufactured only 13 years after the invention of the first pocket chess set by Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), best known as the author of Roget's Thesaurus. Roget's 1845 invention was brought about, it is said, by his passion for the game and resentment at not being able to play when away from home.

Reference:

Aldrich, Frederick A. "Sciencefare: January 27, 1983." http://www.mun.ca/sgs/science/jan2783.html (15 July 2002).