H. J. R. MurraySon of James Murray, the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. (1868–1955) is a very important figure in the history of board games studies. He published two key works: A History of Chess in 1913 and A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess in 1951.
A History of Chess took 13 years to complete, and Murray taught himself German and Arabic in order to finish the book! A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess was published when he was 83, being nearly 40 years in the making.
Errata for …Other Than Chess
The following are my own notes on what I believe to be incorrect in the book. They are listed in book order, with section number first; the list is incomplete:
§3.1.6 (p. 39): Tre-guti is not equivalent to
three-men’s-morris but is a capturing game; also the citation
the Punjab should be named .
§3.3.2 (p. 41): alquerque de tres is listed as equivalent to three-men’s-morris; it is actually equivalent to noughts & crosses (§3.2).
§3.3.5 (p. 41): the citation of Notice des émaux, bijoux et objets divers, exposés dans les galeries du Musée du Louvre (p. 381) for carré chinois is incorrect (but he is following Chess in Iceland and in Icelandic literature, with historical notes on other table-games (p. 114)).
§3.3.13 (p. 42): HydeG[p. 211] writes ,
§3.5 (p. 45):
a3, b1, c3, and b3, b6 being empty
should read (something like) , as
the pieces should form a cross shape with an empty middle;
vangjamylna should read ; also, charri
or saddeh refer to simple mills, not the ‘running mill’ formation.
§3.5.13 (p. 47): al-Fīrūzābādī shows board , not
§4.9.3 (p. 94): Murray mistakenly suggests that tjeki (i.e. Ceki cards) is the same as the game chuki.
“Books and articles consulted”
pg. 244: All of Hem Chandra Das-Gupta’s articles have incorrect titles. Possibly they were published under different names at some point?
de la Borde, Léon (). Notice des émaux, bijoux et objets divers, exposés dans les galeries du Musée du Louvre volume 2. Vinchon: Paris.
Fiske, Willard (). Chess in Iceland and in Icelandic literature, with historical notes on other table-games. The Florentine Typographical Society: Florence.
Humphries, E. de M. (). ‘Notes on “Pachesi” and similar games, as played in the Karwi Subdivision, United Provinces’. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal vol. 2: pages 117–127.
Datta, Jatindra Mohan (). ‘A few types of Sedentary Games of Lower Bengal’. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal vol. 29: pages 167–170.