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.’
  When a putter is waiting his turn to hole out a putt of one or two feet in length, on which the match hangs at the last hole, it is of vital importance that he think of nothing. At this supreme moment he ought to fill his mind with vacancy. He must not even allow himself the consolation of religion. - Sir W. G. Simpson.

References: Murdoch,
The Library of Golf 699. Donovan & Murdoch, The Game of Golf and The Printed Word 3860.
(22 cm) pp. 186.
  Condition: Very good, pictorial paper boards with scattered spot and light soiling, edges rubbed, and rubbing to edges of leather spine, cracking to inner hinges of publisher’s red endpapers, half title with archival repair to top right hand edge, a small number of spots to half title and last page, very minor spotting to outer edge of block, top edge gilt.   Ref: 105483   Price: HK$ 10,000