A Moment with William Payne's-"Game of Draughts"

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A Moment with William Payne's-"Game of Draughts"

Postby Mr. Checkers on Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:54 pm

As an avid collector of fine checker literature over the past 28 years one of the fascinating things that has caught Mr. Checkers attention has been the movement of just "one" book from one collection, to another, to another over a period of over 150 years. Collectors of the past inscribed their names inside the front covers of their books. Wealthy collectors had their books bound in leather and their names were embossed in gold on the covers. The rarest literature of our game was written about in several early checker publications. Lets take a look at the movement of William Payne's--"Game of Draughts" (original copy only) over just the past 25 years. The British Museum, Cleveland Public Library and the Providence Public Library all have copies of Payne's, so that is (3 copies). Two of my close friends each have nice copies, so that makes (5 copies). Other collectors have also had nice copies of Payne's--"Game of Draughts", so lets see who they were. Irving Windt, William Gates, a friend of Gates who lives in West Germany, John Caldwell, Joe Schwartz, Charles Walker, Harry Stilson, Don Goodwin, J. Henrichs, Robert Schuffett and of course Mr. Checkers. I am sure that there are others that exist that I am not aware of. So that makes (16 copies)--is that right? Wrong!!. Irving Windt sold his copy to William Gates, who inturn sold it to his friend in West Germany. John Caldwell sold his copy to Joe Schwartz who later donated it to CharlesWalker. Harry Stilson sold his copy to Don Goodwin who inturn sold it to J. Henrichs who later donated it to the John Caldwell Irving Windt Library of Checker--Mr. Checkers. Robert Schuffett sold his copy to my friend mentioned above. So when we bought the Caldwell-Windt Checker libraries many years ago neither had a copy of Payne's. "Checker Trivia question of the Day". How many of William Payne's--"Game of Draughts" does that leave us with? (Cont.)
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Re: A Moment with William Payne's-"Game of Draughts

Postby Mr. Checkers on Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:23 pm

The George Wales library had a very nice copy of Payne's--"Game of Draughts" around 1950, which ended up in the hands of Floyd Wilson (an ardent collector) sometime after Georges death. From there the Wales copy of Payne's was put up forsale a few years ago at which time it was purchased by another collector. So add one more Payne's to our list above. (Cont.)
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Re: A Moment with William Payne's-"Game of Draughts

Postby Mr. Checkers on Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:34 pm

It should be added here that there are probably several copies of Payne's--"Game of Draughts" in the hands of collectors of Samuel Johnson's writings. (Cont.)
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