The Clicking of Cuthbert - P. G. Wodehouse 1922 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition ‘ “What earthly good is golf? Life is stern and life is earnest. We live in a practical age. All round us we see foreign competition making itself unpleasant. And we spend our time playing golf! What do we get out of it? Is golf any use? That's what I'm asking you. Can you name me a single case where devotion to this pestilential pastime has done a man any practical good?"
The Sage smiled gently. "I could name a thousand."
"One will do."
"I will select," said the Sage, "from the innumerable memories that rush to my mind, the story of Cuthbert Banks”.’

And thus begins the first edition of this wonderful and agreeable set of ten golfing stories, perfect for those days when you feel mashed by your Mashie.

‘The title story one of the most famous and funny golf stories ever written. If the literature of golf is not famed for the quality of its fiction, it is not the fault of Mr. Wodehouse’ – Donovan & Murdoch,
The Game of Golf.
  ‘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.

‘The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadow’.

Provenance: JML Koman of Rondebosch, with his contemporary signature dated 3/March/1922.

References: The Russian Wodehouse Society. Madame Ulalie. McIlvaine A27a. Murdoch,
The Library of Golf 874. Donovan & Murdoch, The Game of Golf and The Printed Word 40590.

Octavo (book size 19.2x13cm), pp.viii [2] 11-256.

First edition, first issue, green cloth with titles and pictorial decoration to spine and upper board in dark green, with eight titles on verso of half-title page (second has ten titles ending with
The Inimitable Jeeves). First published in UK: February 3 1922 by Herbert Jenkins, London. First published in US as Golf Without Tears : May 28 1924 by George H. Doran, New York.
  Condition: Very good, light rubbing to corners and spine ends, foxing to foredge, sometimes affecting outer edges of pages.   Ref: 109786   Price: HK$ 2,200