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Darwin, Bernard]
Golf from The Times A Reprint, revised and re-arranged, of some Articles on Golf, by The Times Special Contributor.
London: The Times, 1912. First Edition, 8vo., Advert + pp. 141, original green cloth lettered in gilt. Darwin, the grandson of the great evolutionist Charles, was a gifted writer almost single-handedly responsible for creating golf literature as a genre. No mean player himself, he reached the semi-finals of the British Amateur Championship in 1909 and 1921. Anthologies of his writings for The Times and Country Life over nearly half a century have become important landmarks for golfing book collectors, as have his full-length publications, notably the seminal Golf Courses of the British Isles (Duckworth, 1910). This anonymous collection of ten articles – ‘revised’ and from their original newspaper form - covers such subjects as courses, great matches, modern developments, and golfing psychology and humour. Certainly they justify the words stamped to the rear cover: ‘The Times treats the game of Golf in a more comprehensive way than any other newspaper’. ONE OF DARWIN’S EARLIEST, AND ONE OF HIS RAREST, PUBLICATIONS. “The toughest find among Darwin anthologies, but an important one as all 10 essays are unique to this volume” (Daniel Wexler). “This was Darwin’s first book and is as charming as his last” (Joseph Murdoch). CONDITION: Binding a little bumped at extremities and upper cover a fraction bowed. Gilt largely unfaded. Small tear to fore edge of Preface. Light foxing to first few leaves; generally good. SIZE: 215 x 130mm, 8½ x 5 ins. REF: D&M 14040. Murdoch Golf Library AN 348, p. 73. Wexler ‘The Golfer’s Library’ p. 69. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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