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The Rules of Golf Illustrated (circa 1905) - Charles Crombie - 1905. [1224364]
Perrier (Printed by Benrose and Sons), London 1905 - This is a very rare offering, circa 1905, identified as a First Edition as it is identical to the few other copies for sale that are identified as firsts. Illustrated by Charles Crombie with 24 humorous color lithograph plates, each presenting 'whimsical characters in nursery-rhyme style medieval clothes caught in impossible situations'. Each plate has a color printed ad for Perrier bottled water on the verso. The book opens up onto a small title page (printed in blue) tipped-in from the side. There is a second identical title page tipped-in at the middle of the book. The last page in the book is an advertisement for Perrier Water in black and red lettering with an illustration at its center. You can see from my photographs that these original 'centenarian plus' covers have held up extremely well (note that my scanner is not nearly wide enough to capture the entirety of the covers and you are free to write me for further photographs or information). Focusing on the imperfections, the four corners have either minor or moderate rub- through, there's a spot of surface peeling (underneath it's the same color) near the bottom of the front next to the spine, and one other tiny one at the middle of the front an inch off the top. There are a few small light and smooth scuffs. There's a small light crease near the middle edge of the front. There is a surface scratch on the back. If you look hard enough, there's a small area above the 'e' in 'Rules' that's a little lighter than the rest of the covers, perhaps it can be called a spot. There are also two pinprick sized white spots on the front. There are a couple of very light surface scratches. On one of the top edges there is one small spot of rub- through, not so on the bottom or middle edges. Given the book's age some of what I've referenced might not even reach the level of deserving to be called an imperfection. Suffice it to say, the covers are in really nice condition. I didn't mention the lettering. You can see that it's bright and unworn. Other sellers have referenced this book's 'green' covers. To my eye, they look more gray, maybe charcoal gray, though I can see some green as well. The pages of the book are no longer bound to the covers. However, they are otherwise perfectly bound, tight, without any cracks or looseness. On the interior of the covers (the part you don't see) which, by the way, are green (and perfectly clean) there are eight very small tears where the book was once attached. I'm realizing now that two of those tears create tiny holes that can be seen on the other side, that is on the sides of the spine. So, there's another imperfection, however minor. The book is bound by four large staples that go all the way through. Now we can get to the condition of the page and plates. The first page with the red and green 'With Compliments of Perrier' design has a 1 inch crease at the top left corner above the top staple and a 1/4 by 1/16th inch chip off the top edge (I have this little bit of detached paper and will pass it along to you) . There is a little bit of spotting on the white left margin of the tipped-in page. Also, on the first page (beneath the tipped-in one) there's some darkening at the top, bottom and particularly right margin. After that, and on all 24 plates, there's no spotting or darkening. These pages are very clean. The worst you'll see is one thin 1 inch red line away from the affected plate, an occasional light fingerprint off the right edge and a few speck sized spots. All the plates look perfect, the colors terrific. The second tipped-in title page is in perfect condition. The very tips of the top right-hand corners of the book's pages have a tiny crease. The last page, with the Perrier advertisement has a 1/2" tear off the right margin away from the print. That is an exhaustive and exacting description of the book's imperfections. This book is rated Very Good. This title has sold twice in auction (2012 & 2014) for between $1,600-$1,700. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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Last Found On: 2016-10-10           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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