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Golf: A Royal & Ancient Game - Robert Clark (editor)

1875 - R. &, Edinburgh - First Edition
A near fine first edition of this rare golfing classic, in original cloth without repair or restoration. Formerly from the libraries of John Hamilton Buchanan (1861-1919) and Scottish lawyer John Kermack (1847-99), with their engraved armourial bookplates.

Illustrated with nine plates from paintings, engravings, etchings, etc., including two duotone lithographs, one colour plan of the golf course over St. Andrew's Links and frontispiece, with tissue-guards; plus numerous wood engravings and facsimiles throughout the text; title page with decorative gilt margins; decorative initials. Illustrations by Clark Stanton, C.A. Doyle and G. Aikman.

‘This book is one of the masterpieces of golf literature. It is also one of the most important contributions to the library of golf and one of the most handsomely produced of all golf books, even to this date.’ – Joseph Murdoch, ‘
The Library of Golf 1743-1966’.

‘Widely regarded as one of the most significant, as well as best produced, early books on the history of golf, Clark's work is a compilation of the earliest literature on the game. In assembling the book, Clark, a well-known Edinburgh printer, collected early press reports, biographical sketches, significant acts of Parliament, municipal records, diaries, and extracts from the minutes of the earliest golf clubs. The book also contains obituary of Allan Robertson.’
 
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My Partner, Ben Hogan - Jimmy Demaret

1954 - McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York - First Edition
First edition in complete and unclipped example of the scarce and delicate dust jacket. The biographical story of the life of the great golfer, Ben Hogan, by his friend and fellow Texan Jimmy Demaret. Illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings.

Demaret himself was a three time Masters champion and published this book the year after Hogan won his 1953 Grand Slam winning the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open in the same year.

In 1948, Jimmy “The Wardrobe” Demaret (also known for his vivacious style) broke the U.S. Open scoring record at the Riviera Country Club, but still lost by two strokes to Hogan. It was little known that Demaret was one of Ben Hogan’s few and closest friends. In this regard, the book offers a lively and appreciative run through Hogan’s life and game.

‘The story of one of our greatest players, related with some wit and aplomb by one who was a pretty fair golfer himself.’ - Joseph Murdoch,
The Library of Golf. 
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A History of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club St. Andrews from 1754-1900 - Harry Sterling Crawfod Everard

1907 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition with gilt lettering to front board.
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 and partially unopened, thus rare copy of what is regarded as the cornerstone of any serious collection of golf books, illustrated with 32 plates from photographs and paintings, together with 9 colour plates. In the finest binding variant showing gilt lettering on the front (not the cheaper black lettering).

This copy with the armourial bookplate of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Gilmour, 2nd Baronet DSO PC, whose father opened Lundin Golf Club’s new clubhouse in 1896.
 
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Full Tilt - The Sporting Memoirs of Foxhall Keene - Alden Hatch

1938 - The Derrydale Press, New York - First Edition, number 691 of 950 limited copies
Full Tilt’ is the perfect description of the life of Foxhall Parker Keene [1867-1941], one of America’s most outstanding all-round sportsmen of the first half of the 20th century. World and Gold Medallist Polo player, U.S. open golfer, pioneer race car driver, thoroughbred race horse owner and breeder, boxer and American football player at Harvard.

Having a father who was president of the San Francisco Stock Exchang obviously assisted with this..
 
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Golf - The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. With contributions by Lord Wellwood, Sir Walter Simpson, Bart., Right Hon. A. J. Balfour M.P., Andrew Lang, H.F.C. Everard and others - Horace G. Hutchinson (Duke of Beaufort, editor), Assisted by Alfred E.T. Watson

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.

An unusually bright and fine first edition. Covering the history of golf, 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, one of the best sports writers and editors of his era, was also an accomplished golfer, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, winner of the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and known for his comment that ‘
if profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. 
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Golfing - The Oval Series of Games - Horace Hutchinson, C. W. Alcock (editor)

1893 - George Routledge &, 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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Golf - Cecil Leitch

1922 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & - First American Edition issued same year as the First English Edition.
The golfing life and experiences of this very great English lady golfer’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch (nicknamed Cecil) was
the first superstar of women’s golf. In 1914 she won the first of her four British Ladies Amateurs, taking the title from Muriel Dodd. Her opportunity to possibly win several more was interrupted for five years during the First World War. She retired having won 12 national titles, five French Ladies Amateurs and one Canadian Women's Amateur.

With fifty illustrations, including photographic plate laid onto front covers, and full page black and white photographs.
 
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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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