Kieler Schachkatalog. Katalog der Schachbibliotheken Wilhelm Massmann und Gerd Meyer in der Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landesbibliothek

Author: Lüders, Horst (1927-2003) and Christine Möhle

Publisher: Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek

Location: Kiel and Goettingen

Year: 2000



xviii+603 pages with index. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Errata tipped in to back. Edited by Horst Lüders and Christine Mohle. Limited to 300 copies. 1st edition.

Horst Lüders was able to integrate his passion for chess into his occupation as a librarian: being an employee of the Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek [SHLB, i.e. Regional Library of Schleswig-Holstein] from 1964 to 1992. It was due to his influence that in 1974 the library and the collection of miniatures of the Kiel jurist and problem composer Dr Wilhelm Maßmann were left to the Regional Library. Horst Lüders has cataloged this collection; the first edition of the Schachbibliothek Maßmann [Maßmann Chess Library] was published in 1982. This in turn induced the well-known Lübeck collector Gerd Meyer also to donate his own very extensive and valuable chess library as a legacy to the Regional Library. As a result of the unexpected early death of Gerd Meyer the chess collections Maßmann and Meyer, which jointly comprised about 13,000 volumes (without duplicates), were unified by 1994 under the roof of the SHLB. A new edition of the Maßmann catalog in 1995 by Horst Lüders, who even after his retirement in 1992 attended on a voluntary basis to the "Special Chess Collection", was therefore only a preparation for a more enormous task, namely the bibliographical recording of the entire library and its publication in book form. He succeeded within 5 years, initially cooperating with his club companion Franz Felser and afterwards with Mrs. Christine Möhle, and in 2000 the Kieler Schachkatalog [Kiel Chess Catalog] appeared in a small edition of 300 copies. This chess catalog represents an outstanding bibliographical piece of work and may be considered with complete justification as the high point of Horst Lüders' life work in chess. In future his name will remain associated with chess bibliography throughout the world.


A near fine copy issued without jacket.

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