Text: Henry Ridgely Evans, “Bibliography,” Edgar Allan Poe and Baron von Kempelen’s Chess-Playing Automaton (1939), pp. 35-36 (This material may be protected by copyright)


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Allen, George. The history of the automaton chess-player in America . . . In The Book of the First American Chess Congress, etc. Edited by Daniel W. Fiske, New York, 1859, pp. 420-484.

Automate joueur d’echecs. Magazin Pittoresque, Paris, 1834, p. 155 et seq.

The automaton chess-player. Comhill Magasine, London, September, 1885, pp. 299-306.

Blind, Adolphe. Les Automates truqus . . . Geneva, Paris, 1927, pp. 49-55.

M. Blind mentions Henri Decremps, J. F. von Racknitz, Julia de Fontennelle. and Babbage, the English mathematician, as having treated the subject of the chess-playing automaton.

Blitz, Antonio. Fifty years in the magic circle. Hartford, Conn., 1871, pp. 167-171.

Braine, S. E. A Polish hero. London ——.

The only work of fiction that I can find dealing with von Kempelen’s chessĀ· player.

Brewster, Sir David. Letters on natural magic. New York, 1832, pp. 243-255. (Harper ‘s Family Library, No. L.)

In his chapter on the automaton chess-player, Sir David Brewster mentions an exposé by J. F. Freyhere, published in Dresden in 1789. He is, of course, mistaken in the authorship of the foregoing, whose name is Freihere J. F. von Racknitz. Blindly following Sir David in this matter were Professor Willis, Conrad W. Cooke. etc.

The Chess-Player’s Chronicle, Vol. I, London, 1841.

Devotes eighteen pages to von Kempelen’s automaton, with a frontispiece of the android.

[Collinson, Thomas.] Letter to Dr. Hutton on von Kempelen ‘s automaton chess-player. In Hutton’s Mathematical Dictionary. (Supplement.)

[Egan, Pierce.] Life in London. By an amateur. Vol. II. London, 1821, pp. 300-302.

The history and analysis of the supposed automaton chess-player of M. de Kempelen now exhibiting in this ecuntry, by Mr. Maelzel; with lithographic figures, illustrative of the probable method by which its motions are directed. Boston, pub. by Hilliard, Gray & Co., 1826, 24 pp. (With plates.)

Gilmor, Robert. Diary (1827). Reprinted in Maryland Historical Magazine, September and December, 1922.

Hindenburg, Carl Friedrich. Ueber den Schachspieler des Herrn von Kempelen. Leipzig, 1784.

History and analysis of’ the supposed automaton chess-player . . . Boston, 1826. (MS. copy, Allen Chess Collection, No. 49, Library Company of Philadelphia.)

In the Allen Collection will be found much valuable material relating to the chess-playing automaton, such as books, brochures, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings. Professor Allen was a chess enthusiast. [page 36:]

Hunneman, W. Selection of fifty games from those played by the automaton chess-player . . . London, 1820.

Mitchell, John K. The last of a veteran chess-player. The Chess Monthly, New York, 1857, Vol. I, pp. 3-7; 40-45.

Observations on the automaton chess-player now exhibited in London at 4, Spring Gardens. By an Oxford graduate. London, 1819, 32 pp.

Poe, Edgar Allan. Maelzel’s chess-player. In his works.

[Racknitz, Joseph Friedrich, Freiherr von.] Ueber den Schachspieler des Herrn von Kempelen und dessen Nachbildung. 10 + 48 pp. Leipzig und Dresden, 1789. (Seven folded. plates.)

Von Racknitz’ s name does not appear on the title-page of the book, but at the end of the dedication to Freiherr Carl T. A. M. von Dalberg.

Copies of this rare and interesting monograph are contained in the Harvard University Library, Cambridge, Mass.; the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio; and the Library Company of Philadelphia, Pa.

Robert-Houdin, Jean-Eugène. Confidences et révélations . . . Paris, Delahays, 1868, pp. 160-173.

—————— Memoirs . . . Edited by Dr. R. Shelton Mackenzie. Philadelphia, George G. Evans, 1859, pp. 161-172.

A selection of fifty games from those played by the automaton chess-player during its exhibition in London in 1820. Taken down by permission of Mr. Maelzel at the time they were played. London, W. Pople, printer, 67 Chancery Lane, 1820. (Sold at the exhibition room, No. 29 St. James Street, and by A. Maxwell, Bell Yard, Lincoln’s Inn.)

Vere, Arprey. Ancient and modern magic. London, 1879.

[Willis, Robert.] An attempt to analyze the automaton chess-player of Mr. de Kempelen, with an easy method of imitating the movements of that celebrated figuxe. To which is added a copious collection of the knight ‘s moves over the chess-board. London, J. B. Booth, 1821. (With plates.)

Windisch, Karl Gottlieb von. Briefe ueber den Schaehspieler des Herrn von Kempelen. Basie, 1783. (With plates.)

Among the many translations of von Windisch’s book Is the following: “Inanimate reason; or a circumstantial account of that astonishing piece of mechanism. M. de Kempelen’s chess-player; now exhibiting at No. 8 Savile Row, Burlington Gardens. Illustrated with three copper plates, showing this celebrated automaton in different points of view. Trans. from the original letters of M. Charles Gottlieb de Windisch. London, 1784.”







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