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About the Author

Dr David H. Caldwell is Keeper of Scotland and Europe for National Museums Scotland, responsible for the eleven chessmen in Edinburgh. Mark A. Hall is History Officer at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, where he curates the archaeology collection. Dr Caroline M. Wilkinson is Senior Lecturer in Forensic anthropology at the Centre for anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee.
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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: National Museums Of Scotland; Reprint edition (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905267460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905267460
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been familiar w/ the Isle of Lewis Chessmen for over 17 years & I've never found a book that has photos of EVERY piece of the find, dimensions & such great written details. I've looked at many books over the years about this cache of chessmen & this is the 1st book that is readily available for purchase & not part of a private library collection that has a photo of every piece.

There are several versions of replica chessmen available, but they all seem to use only some very common pieces & the same ones from the few manufacturers. RickofRicks on eBay (his website ancienctchess.com) has the broadest replication of pieces I've been able to find; he also has some great information about the process of how different companies have replicated pieces & ideas on why so many pieces have not been done.
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I never realized the number of some of the pieces. This book has enough for me to confidently create a set for myself without being concerned of only having one option.
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I purchased this book to accompany a set of Lewis Chessman I am giving my husband for Christmas. It tells the history of the set, where it is from, and includes great pictures. The original set was divided between the British Museum and the Scottish National Museum so the book makes a great reference as it discusses all of the pieces.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a most readable and interesting book of the Lewis Chessmen. It has a great section of description of the chessmen and this kindle edition is marvellous because one can magnify details of the chess pieces.
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Excellent photos; fascinating piece of history with a touch of mystery.
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Interesting from the point of medieval history and chess. I want a set!
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Loved reading this brief book on the Lewis Chessmen. However, the Kindle edition fails the illustrations: they're tiny and you can't zoom in. Also the illustrations, helpfully numbered as Figures, should be hot-linked to the text. Another issue with the Kindle Edition is that the Table of contents is very difficult to find. This is an issue in many Kindle editions.
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Lots of good information and background and history on the Lewis chess pieces. I got the Kindle version, which was fine. Note that this book focuses on the pieces in the Scottish Museum (rather than the British Museum).
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