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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.
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DARWIN, Bernard (Bernard Richard Meirion), 1876-1961 : THE GOLF COURSES OF THE BRITISH ISLES.
London : Duckworth & Co., (1910). First edition. Superbly illustrated with sixty-four plates, many in colour, from water-colours by Harry Rountree (1878-1950). Although Darwin had previously contributed to other publications, this was his first full-length book – and one of the finest golf books ever produced – a countrywide tour of the great courses in their prime. "Thanks to Bernard, golf has acquired the sturdiest literature of any game. The best is Darwin’s ... because he showed the writers who came after him how golf could and should be written" (H. W. Wind).
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 apsects of the game – with additional essays by Bernard Darwin, May Hezlet Ross and others.
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