210 pages with frontispiece and numerous black and white illustrations. Duodecimo (6 3/4" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. Christmas Series number 10. (Betts: 31-5) First edition. Alain Campbell White was an American problem composer and chess patron. For 32 years, from 1905 to 1936, he published the Christmas series of chess problems. He did more than any other player to promote worldwide interest in chess problems. This is a collection of 274 problems which involve white rooks in various situations: Pawn promotion to rook. Simple play of a: The white rooks; b: White king and rooks; c: White rooks and pawns. Play of the rooks v a: the black king; b: Other black pieces. Batteries, interceptions by a: Black pawn; b: White king; c: White pawn. White king gates, Fantasias. The examples are in various lengths and each is given with commentary; 114 composers are represented. (Betts) Condition: Corners bumped and rubbed, spine ends rubbed else a very good copy.