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BADDIEL, Sarah Fabian, 1939-2014 : BEYOND THE LINKS : GOLFING STORIES, COLLECTIBLES AND EPHEMERA.
London : Studio Editions, (1992). First edition. Golf as seen through the eyes of a collector and dealer in golfing ephemera - golf course architecture; golf balls; women’s golf; clubs, bags, etc.; champions; fashions; championships and tournaments; collecting golfiana, etc. With a foreword by Peter Dobereiner.
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BELDAM, George W. (George William), 1868-1937 : GREAT GOLFERS : THEIR METHODS AT A GLANCE.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1904. First edition. Beldam was a first-class cricketer as well as an outstanding photographer and the virtual inventor of the sporting action photograph. This was the first in his series of books depicting the sporting heroes of the day in action. There is careful analysis of the technique revealed by the “instantaneous photography” – with Harry Vardon, J. H. Taylor, James Braid, Alex Herd and Harold H. Hilton providing their own commentary, and Hilton providing analysis of twenty more of the leading players, including John Ball, Horace Hutchinson, Bernard Darwin, etc.
BROWN, Horace, 1908- – [ALLEN, Leslie] : MURDER IN THE ROUGH.
London : T. V. Boardman & Co., (1948). First British edition. A scarce golfing mystery first published by Five Star in New York in 1946 under the name Leslie Allen – the name here appended to a preface introducing the great detective, that “mastodon of a man”, Napoleon B. Smith.
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HOYLE, Edmond, 1672-1769 : HOYLE’S GAMES IMPROVED; BEING PRACTICAL TREATISES ON WHIST, QUADRILLE, PIQUET, CHESS, BACK-GAMMON, DRAUGHTS, CRICKET, TENNIS, QUINZE, HAZARD, LANSQUENET, BILLIARDS, AND GOFF OR GOLF ...
London : for J. F. & C. Rivington ; T. Payne & Son ; R. Baldwin and others, 1790. An important eighteenth-century edition of Hoyle, revised by Charles Jones – and including for the first time a section on “Goff, or Golf” – “Light Balls are used when playing with the wind, and heavy ones against it”. Although compressed into the last few pages of the book, this would appear to be the first extended description of golf in any work of this kind. Also included are sections on cricket (the Star and Garter Rules of 1774), tennis (“a net hangs across the middle”), billiards, etc., as well as whist, chess, backgammon, etc.
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HUTCHINSON, Horace G. (Horatio Gordon), 1859-1932 – editor : THE NEW BOOK OF GOLF.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1912. First edition. Hutchinson, the first official amateur champion in 1886, covers all aspects of the game – with additional essays by Bernard Darwin, May Hezlet Ross and others.
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TAYLOR, J.H., John Henry, 1871-1963 : TAYLOR ON GOLF : IMPRESSIONS, COMMENTS AND HINTS.
London : Hutchinson & Co., 1902. First edition. One of the great masters of the game, five times Open Champion – with a masterly overview of the whole subject: the rise and progress of the game; Irish and Welsh links; golf overseas; artisan golfers; university and public school golf; championships and their courses; money; hints on learning; golf for ladies; medal play; match play; lengthening courses for the improved new balls; inland and seaside courses; clubs; driving; approaching; putting, etc., etc. All illustrated with forty-eight photographs, mainly of Taylor in action – many by the pioneer of action photography George William Beldam (1868-1937). “Always remember that however good you may be, the game is your master”.
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