Published in Spain
in 1497, Repeticion de Amores e Arte de Axedres
, was written by a Spanish priest
and is the oldest book in existence that describes tactics
. The book is divided into two sections, the first part is about love
and the second about chess
. It contains openings
and 150 chess problems
. The most famous of which went on to be remembered as the Lucena Position
. I read somewhere that there are still 8 in existence.
It seems William Caxton printed a book called The Game and Play of Chess Moralised in 1474 which was a translation of the first important European chess work (http://home.vicnet.net.au/~neils/renaissance/caxton.htm). So that predates Repetition but I do not know what its contents were.