Miscellaneous Chess Books
As modern day Chess Handbooks go, this must be up there with the best ever. Borrowed from Purdy's Guide to Good Chess and three sections of the Search for Chess Perfection II (included are: "How to advance in Chess," "A System to Reduce Errors," and "A Method of Thinking in Chess") it contains the best tools to start and to advance.
Many students and teachers of the game consider CJS Purdy to be the greatest explainer of what's important in chess who ever lived.
The Chess Gospel According to John*