In the period 1500-1900 one chess book was published (Ruy Lopez 1561) against 19 books on draughts. Obviously, draughts was a seriously studied game, contrary to chess, which was confined to the role of unstrenous domestic pastime [Eales 1985:99]. We may conclude that draughts took a higher social position than chess. See for details Stoep 2005:49-51.
Title page of Juan Timoneda's draughts book [Tolosa 1635]