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.
  Everard was a respectable golfer himself, playing frequently with 'Old Tom' and placing 11th in the 1888 open at St. Andrews as an amateur. Covering all topics relate to the club, including celebrated players, rules, championships, handicaps as well as a history of golf up until 1907.

Provenance: Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Gilmour, 2nd Baronet DSO PC (1876-1940) was a Scottish Unionist politician. His father, Sir John Gilmour, 1st Baronet was chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party. Educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond, University of Edinburgh and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he served in South Africa in 1900-1901 with the 20th (Fife and Forfar) Company of Imperial Yeomanry and was awarded the Queen's medal with 4 clasps and was twice mentioned in despatches. His letters from the Boer War were published in 1996 under the tile "
Clearly My Duty". He served in World War I with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, where he was again mentioned in despatches and awarded the DSO with bar. Gilmour’s political path - Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire (1910-18) and Glasgow Pollok (1918-40), Junior Lord of the Treasury (1921-2), Scottish Unionist Whip (1919-22, 1924), Secretary for Scotland (1924) and then the first Secretary of State for Scotland when the post was upgraded in 1926. Gilmour was Rector of the University of Edinburgh, 1926-1929 and was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Glasgow in 1925, the University of Edinburgh in 1927 and the University of St Andrews in 1929. He was a Brigadier with the Royal Company of Archers. Later in his career he served as Minister of Shipping during the early months of the Second World War but died in office in 1940.

References: Murdoch,
The Library of Golf 237. Donovan & Murdoch, Golf and The Printed Word 16090.

Small quarto (25.5 x 18.5 cm) pp. xi [1] 306 [2]. Publisher’s pale green cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, front board lettered in gilt and decorated in black, top edge gilt, dark olive green endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, clean boards and bright lettering, with foxing, mostly edges of block and preliminary pages to which this particular work is prone.   Ref: 101818   Price: HK$ 19,000