Munger, Ned (1998); Cultures, Chess and Art, vol.I, Sub-Saharan Africa, ed. Lisa Smith, Mundial Press, San Anselmo, CA 1996. 120 pages. Includes over 200 illustrations. Crowning a collector’s life, this series has been appearing irregularly since 1996, and mixes the copious collections of Ned Munger with the story of how he obtained his chess sets from all over the world, what is the background of these sets, and which role chess plays in the areas they come from. Chess and chess sets are shown to be a red thread to unravel the cultures, countries and times they derive from. The first volume is especially rich, as Munger has been all over Africa in teaching and advisory chores, and continues to have an intimate relation with the continent, especially Sub-Saharan Africa. Wonderful sets – and wonderful stories – some of the sets were ordered by the Professor, launching the craftsman on a career as chess set carver!