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Golf Between Two Wars - Bernard Darwin

1944 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of Darwin’s recollections of the great golf and golfers, champions and championships, covering two of the most interesting decades in the history of the game. The 1920s and ‘30s were a time when, Darwin realised upon reflection, 'almost everything happened'. Illustrated with nineteen black and white photographs.

‘One of Mr. D’s most famous books’ – Joseph S. F. Murdoch,
The Library of Golf.

Golf’s finest scribe, Bernard Darwin, whose grandfather was Charles Darwin, never trained as a journalist. He studied law at Cambridge, but was unhappy as a Barrister. "Once Darwin dipped his toe into golf writing, the reports he produced regularly for The Times of London over a 45 year period and his ruminative essays for the weekly Country Life possessed a quality that no one else has ever approached." –
Herbert Warren Wind. 
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British Golf Links - Horace Hutchinson (Editor)

1897 - J. S. Virtue & Co., London - First Edition
One of the most elaborate books of the period, lavishly illustrated with remarkable photographs, and engravings. Containing accounts of fifty one of the finest British golf courses, including Pau, Biaritz and Cannes, (as well as three in France). It also serves as an interesting commentary on the styles of clubhouses built at that time in England and Scotland. One of the key books in its field.

Published simultaneously with 250 large paper copies (issued in wrappers so that customers could choose their own bindings).

Hutchinson was himself an accomplished golfer who won the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and he was also a writer of considerable skill.
 
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1912 - Longmans, London - First Edition
An interesting and broad ranging collection of articles on how to play golf by turn of the century highly respected writes and players such as Bernard Darwin, and May Hezlet. Illustrated throughout with 66 early black and white photographs.

Scarce in the original bright pictorial boards, clearly demonstrating how fashion on the links is no longer what it used to be.

In five parts -
How to Learn; Elementary Instruction; From the Professional’s Point of View; Men of Genius; and From the Ladies Point of View. 
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Golfing - The “Oval” Series of Games - Horace Hutchinson, C. W. Alcock (Editor)

1893 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition
A rather scarce first edition of this early golfing title, in the original pictorial paper boards, without restoration or rebinding.

By the great Horace Hutchinson, an accomplished golfer who won the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and he was also a writer of considerable skill.

Illustrated with three black and white photographic plates.
 
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1896 - Longmans, London - First Edition
A neatly presented first edition by ‘one of golf’s first true Renaissance men – two-time Open champion, golf equipment maker, golf writer and one of the world’s best golf course architects’ [World Golf Hall of Fame], and ‘the first book to be written by a playing professional.’ [Murdoch, The Library of Golf.]

Profusely illustrated with full page plates and in-text, from photographs and wood engravings.

Bernard Darwin has this to say about Willie Park - ‘A remarkable man. Not for him the old hand-to-mouth, happy-go-lucky standards of his profession. He had a large, and successful club-making business with a London shop; he was a thoughtful golf architect, in an altogether different class to those who had pegged out greens and built rampart bunkers by rule of thumb. He had his own golf course at Huntercombe and though this was not, I fear, a pleasant speculation for him, he has left it in other hands as a pleasant monument to his skill. He was a notable and outstanding personality.’
 
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The Art of Golf - Sir W. G. Simpson

1887 - David Douglas, Edinburgh - First Edition
‘One of the great classic books on golf literature, it includes the first use of photographs to demonstrate the swing.’- Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

Dedicated to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Fully illustrated with photographic plates of old Tom Morris Jim Morris and Ben Sayers, and with figure drawings. Scarce copy with the original spine, and without being rebacked.

‘One of the classics of golf literature... a book of great charm and wit, one of the few of the very early books that can be read today with as much pleasure as the latest best seller.’ Cecil Hopkinson said, ‘It contained many diagrams and illustrations from instantaneous photographs, which was the first occasion on which the camera was called in to demonstrate correct methods of play.’ Bernard Darwin said of this book ‘one of the earliest and still the best book on golf.’
 
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The Heart of a Goof - P. G. Wodehouse

1926 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in second or third issue jacket (1927)
It was a morning when all nature shouted 'Fore!'

Nine golf stories told by the
Oldest Member. In two of them, set in America, we meet a fine couple of fat multi-millionaires who are rivals at golf (both very bad, and arrant cheats) and rivals as collectors of golf treasures (such as J. H. Taylor's shirt stud). They play each other for high stakes. Bradbury Fisher has a baffy Bobby Jones had used in the Infants All-in Championship of Atlanta, Georgia, and he is prepared to trade it for Gladstone Bott's English butler, Blizzard, the finest on Long Island. And then back from England comes Mrs Bott, with Vosper, the butler supreme lured from the Duke of Bootle's establishment. In two stories we watch the romance of William Bates and Jane Packard, golfers, result in marriage and the birth of young Braid Vardon Bates.

‘Golf, as Sir Walter judiciously remarked, is unsuited to the novelist or indeed the writer of short stories. There is indeed one exception to this rule, Mr. P. G. Wodehouse with “The Clicking of Cuthbert” and other agreeable tales. Some approach works of genius, but then they are works of light-hearted genius.’ – Bernard Darwin.
 
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Mr. Mulliner Speaking - P. G. Wodehouse

1929 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, In early issue dust jacket
The second of three collections of 'stretchers' told by Mr Mulliner, nine stories about relatives near and far. In Those in Peril on the Tee Mr Mulliner becomes, to all intents and purposes, the Oldest Member, and introduces us to Agnes Flack and Sidney McMurdo, stalwart golf addicts. And Something Squishy (a snake in the bed), The Awful Gladness of the Mater (poor Dudley Finch!) and The Passing of Ambrose (two splendidly repulsive schoolboys) are about the heartless and delightful Bobbie, redhead daughter of novelist Lady Wickham, who is, of course, a Mulliner cousin.

‘Golf, as Sir Walter judiciously remarked, is unsuited to the novelist or indeed the writer of short stories. There is indeed one exception to this rule, Mr. P. G. Wodehouse with “The Clicking of Cuthbert” and other agreeable tales. Some approach works of genius, but then they are works of light-hearted genius.’ – Bernard Darwin.
 
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