El Ingenio ó Juego de Marro, de Punta ó Damas (from Antonio de Torquemada, 1547)

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The book you seebefore you is the lost book of Antonio de Torquemada of 1547, because theacademic world is saying that he wrote the first book of draughts in Spain. Themajority of authors indicate that the book was lost and others state that thebook was lost during a fire in the library of the University of Valencia in1812. According to data available at this time the first draughts book writtenin Valencia in 1547 was titled El Ingenio o juego de marro, de punta o Damas.This is indicated by Nicolao Antonio, Bibliotheca Hispana Vetus, 1696 Volume I,page 165. I am able to write about this draughts book, because I came topossession of a copy of this book. The cost was rather high, but it wasworthwhile to fly to Amsterdam in 1988 to obtain this copy, of which theoriginal is now in unknown hands in Madrid. The positions of the diagrams,letters, and language that I could reproduce here are nearly identical to theoriginal book, thus diagrams with almost the same nice decoration and with almostthe same old Spanish letters and the same language of the XV century.Furthermore I -reproduced the same positions of the diagrams, thus using thewhite squares for the pawns and having the long diagonal on the right hand. Thedrawing of the pawns and Dama are exactly the same as appearing in the originalbook. This book shows my research of the latest 29 years with regards to thisallegedly lost book.

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