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Ladies in the Rough - Signed - Glenna Collett, James M. Neville

1928 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Signed in 1929 by Glenna Collett when she was in Pinehurst, North Carolina, to win her fifth Women's North & South Amateur Championship in eight years. She won again the following year for the sixth and final time.

A fine autobiography by the dominant American female golfer of the first half of the 20th century, nicknamed the female Bobby Jones, as much for her composure and sportsmanship as for her astonishing achievements. Full of lively anecdotes and opinions, numerous photographs on 27 plates. With a foreword by Bobby Jones.

To make oneself a successful match player, there are certain qualities to be sought after, certain ideas must be kept in mind and certain phases of one's attitude towards the game that come in for special notice. The three I have taken are these: love of combat, serenity of mind and fearlessness

‘Glenna Collett Vare (1903-1989) won six U.S., two Canadian, and one French Women's Amateur Championships. In her day there was no professional women's tour. The LPGA’s Vare trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average, is awarded in her honour.’ -
World Golf Hall of Fame.

Glenna was the first woman to attack the hole rather than just to play to the green’ - Former USGA president Richard Tufts. 
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The Rules of Golf Illustrated - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1905 - Perrier, London - First Edition
A superb large (27 x 37 cm) folio.

The first edition of Crombie’s well known and oft reprinted humorous interpretations of twenty four rules of golf, each accompanied by a quote from Shakespeare, Lang, Chaucer, etc. The twenty four full colour chromolithograph plates are bound in the publisher’s original green cloth boards lettered in red and black.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with bottle labels to the verso of each illustration.
 
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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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A history of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews from 1754-1900 - Harry Sterling Crawfod Everard

1907 - W. Blackwood, Edinburgh - First Edition
The first written history of St. Andrews Golf Club and, as Murdoch states, "a monumental effort of original research and one that is most readable, even today." The illustrations include some of the first in colour of golf.

A near fine copy of what is regarded as the cornerstone of any serious collection of golf books. Owned by Sir John Gilmour, possibly inherited from his father who opened Lundin Golf Club’s new clubhouse in 1896. [We can provide information on Sir John Gilmour on request]
 
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1890 - Longmans, London - First Edition
‘One of the great books of the sport and deserves an honoured spot in every golf library.’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

The history, celebrated golfers and celebrated links, styles, etiquette, giving odds, and, I assume, relevant for the day - ‘hints to cricketers who are taking up golf’. Illustrated by Thomas Hodge and Harry Furniss with 22 plates, several woodcuts in text, and many further illustrations.

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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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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