DALE A. BRANDRETH, P.O. Box 151, Yorklyn, DE 19736 USA
This Site last edited OCT. 31, 2014
ALS JOSÉ R.J CAPABLANCA, May 19, 1909, to J. SAWYER, of Montreal Chess Club, 2 pages on the stationery of the Manhattan Chess Club, with envelope of the Manhattan Chess Club, postmarked May 20, 1909. Signed "J. R. Capablanca". Capa asks if the Montreal Club is interested in having him for a few days after the conclusion of his match with Marshall. Capablanca letters this early are quite scarce since until his crushing victory over Marshall, it was not understood by many that he was a full-fledged top-notch master. The largest known cache of his earlier letters are in the hands of one collector whose disposition is likely to be to a public institution thereby making obtaining such letters rather more difficult to obtain. $2350. SOLD
BIBLIOTHECA SHAHILUDI (BIBLIOTHEK DES SCHACHSPIELS), Eduard Maria Oettinger, Leipzig, 1844. h, exc, with copious marginal notes of interest in a fine hand. Marbled covers and a decorative leather spine in exc. condition. Raised bands. 49p. $450
NOTE: Some changes under Magazines and Yearbooks in purple, namely CHESS DIGEST & BCM years and miscellaneous issues and Russian Yearbooks. Also under Bibliography.
We have the largest stock of old, rare, and out-of-print chessbooks in the world that are for sale—to the best of our knowledge.
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My e-mail address: dbrandreth3@Comcast.net
NOTE: Henceforth there is a minimum charge of $50 for all orders, except for books I have published as well as Gillam and Lachaga editions still in print. Domestic postage is $4 for orders for less than $100. Domestic orders over $100 are $3 postage.
NOTE: New policy. Henceforth items will be held no longer than ten days. If the buyer assures me that payment has been sent, items will be held an additional six days. After that any such items are subject to prior sale.
I do not take any credit cards, but I do take Paypal for foreign orders. There is a 3.9% fee to cover what I am charged by Paypal, but this is usually much cheaper than wire transfer fees by banks for payments less than about $1000, though this varies from country to country.
For US Customers I accept personal checks (I wait until the check has cleared unless I have dealt with you before) or US Postal Money Orders.
Foreign orders: Checks in US dollars on a New York bank (available in some countries) or money orders in US dollars are also accepted in addition to Paypal. DO NOT SEND CASH! Checks in foreign currencies are generally unacceptable because there is a poor conversion rate and a cashing charge of about $40. Canadian customers can send payment in Canadian money orders in US dollars or in Canadian personal checks at the exchange rates on the date of sending. British customers can send payment as personal checks in pounds sterling at the rate prevailing on the date of sending. Inasmuch as the stock changes almost every day, it is best to have me check on the availability of particular items before sending payment. Note well that any loss is the buyer's loss unless there is insurance. Losses can the be replaced up to the insured value. Rates and insurance limits vary from country to country. Loss rates are very low, but they do happen.
Returns: Items that are defective or incomplete can be returned for another copy without question. Where another copy cannot be provided, a refund will be made. On expensive items I carefully examine the item before sending it. Any other items need my permission before a return is accepted. Items sold on an "as is" basis are not returnable at all.
Note new postal rates:
Foreign: Full postage & insurance or registration.
Domestic (via US Postal Service, book rate, insured): to $100: $4. Over $100: $3
DESIGNATION CODES FOR CONDITION OF ITEMS:
Mint: as new; excellent (exc): minor blemishes; very good(vg): significant defect such as minor crease(s), shop worn, off color (fading) pages, embossing stamp (so designated separately), minor noted defect(s); good: several such defects; fair: more serious defects such as warping, heavily browned pages, staining; Poor: several significant defects; "as is" very significant defects as noted, items in this category are clearly noted as such and are non-returnable.
"ELRS": ex library with release stamp
"FGML": from a Grand Master's Library
"‡": with an embossed stamp of a former collection
Other codes such as "WR", "LR", "CR", "NR", "GR", "HH", "CLR" are location codes which are meaningless to buyers.
To contact me:
The best way to contact me for questions, etc., is via e-mail. My e-mail address is dbrandreth3 (at) comcast (dot) net. It is difficult for me to keep track of the numerous phone calls I get since I am in and out frequently. With over 20,000 different chess items in stock I seldom can quote over the phone anyway.
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