Problem series Sachove umeni 1936-1947

Series "Sachove Umeni"

 

First published: May 15, 2005

Last Update:     August 29, 2010

This problem series ran from 1936 through 1947. Publisher of the series was Czech composer and book collector Miroslav Soukup (1903-?). Soukup was inspired by A. C. White's Christmas series, that is why the "Sachove umeni" (what means "Chess Art" in English) is often called "Czech Christmas Series". The series consists of 17 books and pamphlets, of which 13 are limited editions - problem collections of Czech composers. From the 4 remaining items, which are not limited editions, 2 are general books on chess problems, 1 is textbook for beginners and 1 is a bibliography of Czech and Slovak literature on chess. All 13 limited editions are scarce and almost do not appear in the market. The title of the series has changed since volume 16 from "Sachove umeni" to "Vanocni edice M.S." (Christmas Series of M.[iroslav] S.[oukup]). 

Hardcover books are of various sizes, in blue cloth (since no.5 boards with cloth spine). No.1 of the edition has plain spine and lettering on front cover. All other hardcovers have lettered spine and small bishop shown as an archer embossed on front cover. Some harcovers of limited editions can have a thin tissue-paper dust jacket. These dust jackets are plain and without any printing - this is a reason why they are not considered as "real" jackets. Copies gifted by Miroslav Soukup often have enclosed a slip of paper, either printed or handwritten - or sometimes combination of both - where Miroslav Soukup wishes Merry Christmas. These slips were free enclosed to the books and that is why they are not considered as a part of the book - but such a slip makes surely any book yet more attractive.

After 1948 Miroslav Soukup stopped all chess acivities and he never came back to chess. The reason is not known. However, a copy of the book signed by him in 1974 has been noticed. The books are listed chronologically by number of the series.

Used references:

CS - magazine Ceskoslovensky sach (between 1939-1945 titled Sach)

LN - Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana. The Hague, 1955.

Soukup - Soukup, Miroslav: Soupis ceskoslovenskeho sachoveho pisemnictvi. Bibliographie de la litterature tchecoslovaque sur les echecs. Praha, 1947.  

TR - chess cloumn in "Tyden rozhlasu" (edited by Miroslav Soukup)

 

 

1936

Havel, Miroslav: Ceske granaty v miniature / Bohemian Garnets en Miniature. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1936. Frontisp. (photo of Miroslav Havel), title, (39), (1 plain) pages. Blue cloth with no dust jacket. 15 cm. Published 50 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 1. Soukup 19; LN 2784; Mo 77; CS 1937, p.13.

The text is in Czech, title page is in both Czech and French. Short introduction is followed by 50 miniatures (problems with max. 7 pieces) of Miroslav Havel (pseudonym, 1881–1958, real name Miroslav Kostal), always diagrammed, with place and date of first appearence. Miroslav Havel is considered as the most significant representative of the Bohemian Chess Problem School. Solutions at the end. From 50 problems, 28 are four-movers, 12 five-movers, 7 three-movers and one of each 6-, 7- a 9-mover. The book was not offered for sale, Miroslav Soukup has presented it as a Christmas gift to his friends. Text on the last leaf says in 6 rows: Vytiskl / Miroslav Soukup / jako 1. svazek sve edice / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / v 50 neprodejnych, cislovanych vytiscich, /  z nichz tento ma cislo - what means in English: Printed by /  Miroslav Soukup / as the 1st volume of his series / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / in 50 unsaleable, numbered copies, / of which this has number - below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. On the same page at the bottom is stated: V Praze v prosinci 1936 (In Prague in December 1936). Title of the book means "Bohemian Garnets in Miniature"

 

1937

Kainer, Cenek: Valasske dumky. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1937. Halftitle, frontisp. (photo of Cenek Kainer), title leaf, (8), 60, (2) pages. Blue cloth with no dust jacket. 15 cm. Published 60 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 2. Soukup 48; LN 2795; Mo 78; CS 1938, p.15.

Introduction of Miroslav Havel and 60 problems by Cenek Kainer (1883–1945) with diagrams, solutions and place and date of first publication. 49 three-movers, 9 four-movers and 2 two-movers. The book was not for sale, all copies were sent by Miroslav Soukup to his friends as Christmas gifts. Text on the last leaf says in 6 rows: Vytiskl / Miroslav Soukup / jako 2. svazek sve edice / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / v 60 neprodejnych vytiscich, / z nichz tento ma cislo - what means in English Printed by /  Miroslav Soukup / as the 2nd volume of his series / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / in 60 unsaleable copies, / of which this has number - below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. Below this field is one more row with the text: V Praze v prosinci 1937 (In Prague in December 1937). Title of the book means something like "The Valachia Thinkings" (Valachia is a region in the Northeast part of the Czech Republic).

 

1938

Soukup, M[iroslav]: Jak rozumeti sachovym uloham. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1938. 49, (3) pages. Soft cover. 17 cm. Series Sachove umeni, volume 3. Soukup 107; LN 2813; Mo 79; CS 1938, p.169.

General manual for composers and solvers of chess problems - basic ideas, how to compose and solve, what to avoid. Explanations are acompanied by 12 diagramed problems, another 10 problems are at the end. The list of recommended problem books on pp. 38-40. A a common book, similarly as numbers 12 and 13 of the series. Title of the book means "How to Understand Chess Problems".

 

1939

Hlineny, Jan: Vecery na vsi. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1939. Frontisp. (photo of Jan Hlineny), title, (4), 60, (4) pages. a) Blue cloth with no dust jacket. b) Soft cover. 15 cm. Published 50 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 4. Soukup 43; LN 2819; Mo 80; TR 04/01/1941; Sach 1940, p.55.

Foreword by Zdenek Mach and 60 problems by Jan Hlineny (1868-1941) with diagrams, solutions and place and date of first publication. All problems are 3-movers. Text on the page, which follows p.60 says in 6 rows: Vydal / Miroslav Soukup / jako 4. svazek sve edice / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / v 50 neprodejnych vytiscich, / z nichz tento ma cislo - what means in English:  Published by /  Miroslav Soukup / as the 4th volume of his series / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / in 50 unsaleable copies, / of which this has number - below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. Below this field is one more row with the text: V Praze v prosinci 1939 (In Prague in December 1939).  The edition was 50 numbered copies, exact number of hardcover copies and softcover ones is not known. The only examined softcover copy had number 42, while the highest examined number of a hardcover copy was 37. It can be estimated that number of hardcover copies is between 25-40. If the Cumpes variation of the Verny Cech is omitted, the Hlineny book is the most rare title of the edition among hardcover ones. Softcover copies had probably higher numbers. Although all copies are declared as unsaleable, some copies (softcovers) were offered for sale, for example in Soukups weekly chess column in Tyden rozhlasu 1941. This book is the last one (among hardcover copies), which was published in full cloth. All following hardcovers are boards, spine cloth. Title of the book means "Evenings in the Village".

At this title, some fake copies have appeared in 1990s. These books have evidently later origin and it is quite sure that their bindings do not  come from Miroslav Soukup. It is almost sure that they were not produced to injure collectors but the reason of their origin is not known. They are different from original Soukups books in many aspects: The fake copies are bound in common modern blue cloth. There is no printing on spine, only modern plastic (not nice) label with authors name and title of the book is mounted. The size is larger than original books (16x12 cm), top edge is yellow, in beginning are 1-2 and at the end about 10 plain leaves. Both numbered and unnumbered copies have appeared. The binding comes from about 1970s-1980s.

 

1940

Soukup, Miroslav: Od Kuneticke hory. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1940. Frontisp. (photo of M. Soukup), title, (2), pp.1-50, (2), pp.51-64, (12) pages. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 14,5 cm. Published 50 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 5. Soukup 108; LN 2835; Mo 81; TR 04/01/1941; Sach 1941, p.11.

66 problems and studies by Miroslav Soukup (1903-?), with diagrams, solutions and place and date of first publication. They are numbered 1-64 (number 61 has 3 problems marked as A, B, C, that is why 66 in total). Numbers of problems and studies are at the same time numbers of pages. Mostly 3-movers (27) and selfmates (23), some 2-, 4-, 5-, 6- a 7-movers, 5 endgame studies. Soukups reminiscences about old days at the end. This book was not offered for sale, all copies were presented by author to his problem friends as a Christmas gift. Text on the last leaf says in 6 rows: Vytiskl / MIROSLAV SOUKUP / jako 5. svazek sve edice / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / v 50 neprodejnych vytiscich, / z nichz tento ma cislo - what means in English: Printed by /  MIROSLAV SOUKUP / as the 5th volume of his series / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / in 50 unsaleable copies, / of which this has number - below this field is one more row with the text: V Praze v prosinci 1940 (In Prague in December 1940).  Title of the book means "From the Kunetice Peak" (this is a peak near town Pardubice where Miroslav Soukup spent his youth).

 

[Soukup, Miroslav]: Vzpominka na Bedricha Bosche. Praha, [Miroslav Soukup], 1940. Frontisp. (photo of Bedrich Bosch), title, (28) pages. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 17 cm. Published 50 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 6. Soukup 19; LN 2836; Mo 82; TR 04/01/1941.

Short biography and 20 problems - all 3-movers - by Bedrich Bosch (1886 – 1934) with diagrams, solutions and place and date of first publication. All copies are hard covers. Part of the edition was gifted by Miroslav Soukup to his friend, the rest was offered for sale. Text on the last leaf says in 6 rows: VYTISKL ROKU 1940 / MIROSLAV SOUKUP / JAKO SESTY SVAZEK / SVE VANOCNI EDICE / SACHOVE UMENI / V 50 CISL. VYTISCICH - what means in English: PRINTED IN 1940 / BY MIROSLAV SOUKUP / AS THE SIXTH VOLUME / OF HIS CHRISTMAS SERIES / SACHOVE UMENI / IN 50 NUMB. COPIES - below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. Title of the book means "A Memory of Bedrich Bosch".

 

Drnek, Josef: Otavske perly. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1940. Frontisp. (portrait of Josef Drnek), title, (6), 60, (2) pages. a) Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket (50 copies). b) Soft cover (50 copies). 16 cm. Published 100 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 7. Soukup 33; LN 2827; Mo 83; TR 04/01/1941; Sach 1940, p.11.

Interview of Miroslav Soukup with the author and 60 problems by Josef Drnek (1875–1941) with diagrams, solutions and place and date of first publication. Almost all problems are 3-movers. Part of the edition was gifted by Miroslav Soukup to his friends, the rest was offered for sale - both hard- and softcover copies (Tyden Rozhlasu 04/01/1941). Hardcover books have low numbers (possibly 1-50). Text on the last leaf says in 6 rows: Vydal / Miroslav Soukup / jako 7. svazek sve edice / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / ve 100 vytiscich, z nichz / tento ma cislo - what means in English:  Published by /  Miroslav Soukup / as the 7th volume of his series / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / in 100 unsaleable copies, of which / this has number - below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. Below this field is one more row with the text: V Praze v prosinci 1940. (In Prague in December 1940). Title of the book means "The Otava Pearls". (Otava is a river near Drneks home).

 

1941

Cumpe, Josef: Zertem doopravdy. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1941. Frontisp. (photo of Josef Cumpe), title, (52) pages. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 15 cm. Published 50 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 8. Soukup 24; LN 2845; Mo 84; Sach 1942, p.46.

Miroslav Soukups foreword and 50 joke problems by Josef Cumpe (1868–1943) with diagrams, place and date of first publication, solutions are at the end.. Text on page (49) says in 4 rows: Vytiskl a o Vanocich 1941 vydal / Miroslav Soukup jako osmy svazek / sve edice “Sachove umeni“ v 50 / vytiscich, z nichz tento ma cislo: - what means in English Printed and at Christmas 1941 published / by Miroslav Soukup as the eighth volume / of his series "Sachove umeni" in 50 / copies, of which this has number - below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. Title of the book means something like "Through the Joke in Earnest"  (note - it is a quite uncommon word phrase and I am not sure if I understand it well even in Czech :-)

 

1942

Vasta, Jan: Zlaty prut. Vybor sachovych uloh. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1942. Frontisp. (photo of Jan Vasta), title, (4), 57, (3) pages. a) Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. b) Soft cover. Size - hardcover 17 cm, softcover 18 cm. Published 100 numbered copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 9. Soukup 119; LN 2856; Mo 85; Sach 1943, s.32.

Autobiographical foreword and 100 problems by Jan Vasta (1885–1968), always 2 problems to one page, with diagrams, place and date of first publication, solutions are at the end. Except one 4- and one 5-mover, all problems are 3-movers. Part of the edition was gifted by Miroslav Soukup to his friend, the rest was offered for sale. Text on the last leaf says in 5 rows: Vydal Miroslav Soukup / jako 9. svazek sve edice / “SACHOVE UMENI“ /  ve 100 vytiscich, z nichz / tento ma cislo - what means in English:  Published by Miroslav Soukup / as the 9th volume of his series / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / in 100 copies, of which / this has number -  below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. Below this field is one more row with the text: V Praze v prosinci 1942. (In Prague in December 1942). From the 100 copies, probably a half is bound in hard and another half in soft cover bindings. Title of the book means "The Golden Rod. Selection of Chess Problems". 

 

1943

Havel, M[iroslav]: Ceske granaty dil II. Sbirka sachovych skladeb 1923-1942. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1943. Frontisp. (photo of Miroslav Havel), title, (4), 178 pages. a) blue boards, spine is light blue cloth. b) blue cloth, spine is dark blue to black, probably leather(?). 22 cm. Published 200 copies (both variations together). Series Sachove umeni, volume 10. Soukup 41; LN 2785; Mo 86.

First volume of this Havels (1881–1958, real name Miroslav Kostal) work was published in 1923 under title „Bohemian Garnets“ as the 29th book within Whites Christmas Series. This second volume contains 500 chronologically arranged Havels problems and studies from 1923-1942. Most of them – about 300 – are three-movers. The rest are 2-, 4-, 5- and many-movers, also some selfmates as well. At the end are 4 corrected problems from the first volume and 21 Havels endgame studies. All problems have diagrams, place and date of first publication, tournament award (if any) and solutions. Problems are numbered 501-1000 to connect numbering from the Bohemian Garnets. Number of published copies is stated on title page, the books are not numbered. 

The book almost always appears in the type of binding marked as a). Just one copy in cloth with dark-blue leather(?) spine has been examined - the copy has been stored in a slipcase. It is no doubt that it is original publishers binding: the lettering on spine, a small archer on front cover, the size of the book, the endpapers - everything is identical with "normal" binding. Binding ad b) is a luxury one, it is possible that these were something like preferential copies presented by Miroslav Soukup to his friends (or it could be a copy presented to Miroslav Havel), while copies in normal bindings were intended for sale. This is just a hypothesis that was not confirmed. Reputedly the same type of binding with brown cloth has been traced (not confirmed).

 

Cumpe, Josef: Verny Cech. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1943. Frontisp. (Cumpes 4-mover in diagram, with solution), title, (72) pages. Problem no. 25 of this version is a 3-mover, originally published in Natal Mercury 1916. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 21 cm. Published 15 numbered copies (probably numbers 1-15). Series Sachove umeni, volume 11. Soukup 25a; LN (2861); Mo 87.

100 problems by Josef Cumpe (1868–1943) with diagrams, solutions and place and date of first publication. Almost all are 3-movers. At the end is one problem by Miroslav Soukup inscribed in memory of Josef Cumpe, who died on August 12, 1943 - shortly before publication of that book. Text on the last leaf says in 5 rows: Vytiskl / MIROSLAV SOUKUP / jako jedenacty svazek sve edice / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / v 60 vytiscich, z nichz tento ma cislo - what means in English: Printed / by MIROSLAV SOUKUP / as the eleventh volume of his series / “SACHOVE UMENI“ / in 60 copies, of which this has number - below this text is shaded field with handwritten number of limited edition. Below this field is one more row with the text: V Praze v prosinci 1943. (In Prague in December 1943).

The book was published in total of 60 numbered copies, in two various versions - the difference is in problem no. 25: One version has that problem from the Natal Mercury 1916 and a notice in English language, probably an original text from the Natal Mercury. There is only 15 copies of that version in existence - most probably those with numbers from 1 through 15. The other version (being published in 45 copies) presents the problem no. 25 as a three-mover, first time published in Zlata Praha 1916 and a notice in Czech language. I have examined 8 copies through the years, the four with problem no.25 from Zlata Praha had numbers 21 or higher. The other two copies (with problem no.25 from the Natal Mercury)  had numbers lower than 15. Miroslav Soukup himself informs about 2 various versions (Soukup 25, 25a) but does not write which numbers are assigned to which version. Owing to the 6 examined copies, it can be presumed that copies with problem no.25 from the Natal Mercury have numbers 1-15 and the others have numbers 16-60. A reason, why the book was issued in 2 versions is not clear. Reference to the LN catalog is in parenthesis because of from the description in the LN catalog it is not obvious, which version is in the Hague library. Title of the book means "The Faithful Czech" (what should show not on authors nationality but on his connection with the Bohemian Chess Problem School). 

 

Cumpe, Josef: Verny Cech. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1943. Frontisp. (Cumpes 4-mover in diagram, with solution), title, (72) pages. Problem no. 25 of this version is a 3-mover, originally published in Zlata Praha 1916. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 21 cm. Published 45 numbered copies (probably numbers 16-60). Series Sachove umeni, volume 11. Soukup 25; LN (2861); Mo 88.  

The book is identical with the above version, the only difference is in problem no. 25. This version has that problem from Zlata Praha 1916 (more about it see notice above). 

 

Soukup, Miroslav: Sach. Ucebnice sachove hry pro zacatecniky. Praha, A. Lapacek, 1943. 32 pages. Soft cover. 17 cm. Series Sachove umeni, volume 12. Soukup 109; LN 1687; Mo 89.

General textbook for beginners - basic ideas, rules, short introduction to openings and endgames, 4 annotated games.  Title of the book means "Chess. A Manual of Chess Play for Beginners".

 

1944

Soukup, Miroslav: Sachista ulohar. O podstate, tvorbe a reseni sachovych uloh a studii. Praha, A. Lapacek, 1944. 103, (1) pages. Soft cover. 21 cm. Series Sachove umeni, volume 13. Soukup 110; LN 2882; Mo 90; Sach 1944, p.132.

General manual for composers and solvers of chess problems and studies but much more detailed than no.3 of the series. General principles, classification, samples and sorts of themes and combinations, chapter from the history of problem chess, all acompanied by 88 compositions. Name index on p. 99-101. Title of the book means "Chess Player, the Solver. About Principles, Creation and Solving of Chess Problems and Studies".

 

Vetesnik, Ladislav: Zen sedesati let. Vybor sachovych uloh. Praha, Miroslav Soukup, 1944. Frontisp. (photo of L. Vetesnik), title, (4), 58, (2) pages. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 17 cm. Published 200 copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 14. Soukup 121; LN 2885; Mo 91.

Short introduction by Miroslav Soukup and the list of Ladislav Vetesniks results in problem tournaments are followed by 100 problems by Ladislav Vetesnik (1857–1949), of which 80 are three-movers, 14 four-movers, 2 two-movers and 2 selfmates from 1882–1944, sorted chronologically. Always 2 problems to one page, with diagrams, place and date of first publication, note about tournament award (if any), solutions are at the end. Text on the last leaf says in 5 rows: Vydal Miroslav Soukup / jako 14. svazek sve edice /“SACHOVE UMENI“ / ve 200 vytiscich / V Praze 1944. It means in English: Published by Miroslav Soukup / as the 14th volume of his edition / “SACHOVE UMENI“  / in 200 copies / in Prague 1944. The books are not numbered. Title of the book means "A Crop of 60 Years. Selection of Chess Problems".

 

1945

Havel, M[iroslav]: Zapomenuty pseudonym. Vybor sachovych problems Frantiska Skalika. Praha, [Miroslav Soukup], 1945. Frontisp. (photo of Frantisek Skalik), title, (12), 90, (10) pages. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 13,5 cm. Published 60 copies. Series Sachove umeni, volume 15. Soukup 106; LN 2892; Mo 92.

Miroslav Havels introduction contains both biographical data of Frantisek Skalik and notes to Skaliks problems. Follow 90 problems by Frantisek Skalik (pseudonym, 1880–1927, real name Josef Kerles), of which 57 are three-movers, 17 four-movers, 14 two-movers and 2 selfmates. Problems are numbered 1-90, these numbers represent numbers of pages at the same time. All problem are diagrammed, solutions at the end, where is also information about place and date of the first publication. The list of all 14 previous volumes of the series is on the last page. Text on the previous page says in 6 rows: Vytiskl Miroslav Soukup / jako 15. svazek sve edice /“SACHOVE UMENI“ / v sedesati vytiscich. / V Praze / 1945. It means in English: Printed by Miroslav Soukup / as the 15th volume of his edition / “SACHOVE UMENI“  / in sixty copies. / In Prague / 1945. The books are not numbered. Title of the book means "The Forgotten Pseudonym. A Selection of Chess Problems by Frantisek Skalik".

 

1946

[Soukup, Miroslav]: Pamatnik Emila Prevorovskeho. Praha, [Miroslav Soukup], 1946. (2 plain), frontisp. (Emil Prevorovskys problem Mate in 5 from the Tyden rozhlasu 15. XI. 1941), title, (2), 24, (2), (2 plain) pages. Blue boards, spine cloth, with no dust jacket. 20 cm. Published 80 copies. Series "Vanocni edice M. S.", volume 16. Soukup 103; LN 2905, Mo 93.

Short foreword by Miroslav Soukup, 17 problems and 8 studies of Emil Prevorovsky (1920–1942). The only 5-mover is in the frontispiece, the other 16 problems (8 three-movers and 8 four-movers) and 8 studies are numbered 1-24, these numbers represent numbers of pages at the same time. One problem or study to one page, always diagrammed, with solution and information about place and date of first publication. Text on the first unnumbered page following after page 24 says in 6 rows: VYTISKL ROKU 1946 / MIROSLAV SOUKUP / JAKO SESTNACTY SVAZEK / SVE VANOC- / NI EDICE V OSMDE- / SATI VYTISCICH. It means in English: PRINTED IN 1946 / BY MIROSLAV SOUKUP / AS THE SIXTEENTH VOLUME / OF HIS CHRIST- / MAS SERIES IN EIGH- / TY COPIES. The books are not numbered. Title of the book means "The Memorial to Emil Prevorovsky". 

 

1947

Soukup, Miroslav: Soupis ceskoslovenskeho sachoveho pisemnictvi. Bibliographie de la litterature tchecoslovaque sur les echecs. Praha, [Miroslav Soukup], 1947. 19, (1) pages. Soft cover. 21 cm. Series "Vanocni series M. S.", volume 17. LN 153, Mo 94.

A catalogue of books, periodicals and other chess items in either Czech or Slovak language, published before 31 August 1947. Items published by Czech/Slovak authors in other languages than Czech or Slovak as well as those published in Czechoslovakia but in neither of those langauges are omitted. Material is divided into 3 sections: A - Casopisy (Periodicals), B - Knihy (Books) and C- Varia. Periodicals and books are well described in first two section, item description contains: Authors name, title (and subtitle if any), place and year of publication, publisher, item size in centimetres, number of pages, series (if any). Periodicals and books are numbered 1-140, of which magazine titles are 17 (1-17), the rest (18-140) are books. In fact, there is 144 entries in first two sections as in 4 cases have 2 books same number, only with additional "a" (e.g. 98, 98a). The remaining items entered in section Varia are not numbered. This section contains chess columns, various small printigs, tournament programs, manuscripts etc. While the periodicals and books are described accurately, the section Varia is not very good, it is in fact only the list of items from Miroslav Soukups library, not a catalogue. The book title is in both Czech and French, the text is in Czech only. At the end is small Czech-French vocabulary. The forword is written by Dr. Meindert Niemeijer in both Dutch and Czech. Last volume of Soukups series, its title means in English. "The Catalogue of Czechoslovak Chess Literature".