zanzibar: <<Calli:> No need to buy these books. There are available for free on Google Books. For instance http://books.google.com/books?id=gv... >
This isn't quite correct, because the Google scan was done in grayscale (or maybe B&W(?))... consider this diagram:
It's the first diagrammed problem from <Crumbs>, and it looks, at least to my untrained eye, as if all the pieces are Black.
But that's a figment of the scan, for consider this:
The title "Crumbs from the Chess Board : A selection from the problems composed by Charles A. Gilberg. New York. 1890" — is hardly good enough for a collection of 200 fine problems by a well-known composer, and we know from the author himself that in a probable second edition he intends to Kive a more appropriate title to his book. The work is particularly beautiful, as it is printed in four colours : the fine portrait of the author and the preface are black, the squares pale green, the white men red, and the black men blue. We know of no other work on chess in which the diagrams appear in three colours, for Kling's Chess Euclid, London, 1849, shows the 214 diagrams in two colours (blue and red).
tBOP v13 N657 (Aug 15, 1891) 735/773 (24)
So, if you did buy an original copy the diagrams wouldn't look Black on Black, but a glorious RGB, for Biv and everyone else.
I tried looking at Hathitrust, and all other versions of <Crumbs>, but have yet to find a full-color scan. Imagine tBOP without the color front-pieces...