RESERVED - The Game of Golf - Willie Park, Jun. Champion Golfer, 1887-89 1896 - Longmans, London - First Edition A neatly presented first edition of this cornerstone title by ‘one of golf’s first true Renaissance men – two-time Open champion, golf equipment maker, golf writer and one of the world’s best golf course architects’ [World Golf Hall of Fame].

‘The first book to be written by a playing professional, and, thus, the forerunner of many books in which a champion would reveal the "secret" of his success. Park also includes important historical data on equipment, with an important chapter on course architecture.’ [Murdoch,
The Library of Golf.]

Profusely illustrated with full page plates and in-text, from photographs and wood engravings.

Bernard Darwin has this to say about Willie Park - ‘A remarkable man. Not for him the old hand-to-mouth, happy-go-lucky standards of his profession. He had a large, and successful club-making business with a London shop; he was a thoughtful golf architect, in an altogether different class to those who had pegged out greens and built rampart bunkers by rule of thumb. He had his own golf course at Huntercombe and though this was not, I fear, a pleasant speculation for him, he has left it in other hands as a pleasant monument to his skill. He was a notable and outstanding personality.’
  ‘In composing the chapter entitled 'Laying Out and Keeping Golf-Links,' Park became the first practising golf course architect to illuminate the theoretical and practical aspects of his design philosophy’.

Note on the First Edition - There were two further editions dated 1896, they state ‘Second Edition and ‘Third Edition’ to the title page, the first edition has no edition statement.

Reference: Donovan and Murdoch,
The Game of Golf and The Printed Word, 3690. Murdoch, The Library of Golf, 590.

Octavo (20 x 14.3 cm) pp. xii 277 [3]. In publisher’s pictorial cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front board lettered and illustrated in black white and brown, black coated endpapers.
  Condition: Very good plus, minor rubbing to boards, and a little soiling, fading to spine, light spotting to one or two of the first few pages.   Ref: 107708   Price: HK$ 3,000