First Edition of Bernard Darwin's British Clubs
Item Number: 72054
London: William Collins, 1943.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with eight plates in colour and 20 illustrations in black and white. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.
Bernard Darwin a grandson of the British naturalist Charles Darwin, was a golf writer and high-standard amateur golfer. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1934, and was President of the Golf Club Managers' Association from 1933 to 1934 and then again from 1955 to 1958.
Other Books by this Author
"It is a law of nature that everybody plays a hole badly when playing through": FIRST EDITION OF BERNARD DARWIN'S THE GOLFER'S MANUAL: 1857
The Golfer’s Manual. Being an Historical and Descriptive Account of the National Game of Scotland by ‘A Keen Hand’ and originally Published in 1857 and now Reprinted with an Introduction by Bernard Darwin. Copy
London: The Dropmore Press, 1947.
First edition. Limited to 750 numbered copies, this is number 324. Small octavo, original cloth. Text printed on hand made paper with wood engraved frontispiece. Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning. Housed in a custom slipcase.
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Bernard Darwin's Golf: Pleasures of Life Series
London: Burke, 1954.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1936.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light rubbing. First editions in the original dust jackets are rare and this is easily the nicest example we have seen or handled.
London: Country Life, 1947.
First edition. Octavo, original yellow and green cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front cover, gilt topstain, illustrated. In near fine condition.
"A classic in the literature of golf": First Edition of A History of Golf in Britain; Signed by Bernard Darwin
London: Cassell & Company, 1952.
First edition. Quarto, original green cloth. Signed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper. Frontispiece of John Taylor, illustrations throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips to the front panel and one to the foot of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Bernard Darwin are rare.
London: Country Life Limited, 1946.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Name to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear.
“IT IS THE CONSTANT AND UNDYING HOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT THAT MAKES GOLF SO EXQUISITELYWORTH PLAYING”: First Edition of Bernard Darwin's Green Memories; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.
First edition of the first volume of the author’s autobiographical trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including frontispiece portrait of the author. An excellent example in the rare dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Examples in the original dust jacket are rare.
London: Souvenir Press Ltd, 1986.
First edition of this collection of writings by Bernard Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket designed by Des Jordan.
London: Mills & Boon, 1922.
First edition of this collection of Darwin’s golf columns from The London Times. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper, “To G.M. from the author with his best regards. Sept. 1922.” It was customary for Darwin to sign “from the author”, which denoted a personal affiliation with the recipient. Rare and desirable, signed and inscribed.
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Playing the Like; Signed by Bernard Darwin
London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1934.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Bernard Darwin Jan 1935.” An excellent copy with some information regarding the book pasted to the inside gutter in the very rare dust jacket with a few closed tears. Rare in the original dust jacket and signed.
“IT IS THE CONSTANT AND UNDYING HOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT THAT MAKES GOLF SO EXQUISITELYWORTH PLAYING”: First Edition of Bernard Darwin's Green Memories
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.
First edition of the first volume of the author’s autobiographical trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including frontispiece portrait of the author. In good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force - an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares": First Edition of Rosser Reeves' Reality in Advertising; Signed by Him
New York: Borzoi/ Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.
First trade edition, published after the privately printed Ted Bates edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, slipcase. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With a promise that this is a very short, short book! Rosser Reeves Oct 8, 1962. Fine in the original glassine wrapper in a fine slipcase. Rare signed.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968.
First edition of Plimpton’s classic work on golf. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Great Max another wild effusion- George.” The recipient was Max Steele, who along with Plimpton started The Paris Review. Additionally inscribed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, Max Steele. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Korn. A unique example.
First Edition of The Conquest of Everest; Signed by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and James Morris
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1954.
First edition of this classic account of the first ascent of Mount Everest. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 8 pages of photographs in full color, and 48 pages in black and white, maps, sketches and drawings. Foreword by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and James Morris. The 1953 British Mount Everest expedition was the ninth mountaineering expedition to attempt the first ascent of Mount Everest, and the first confirmed to have succeeded when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit on Friday, 29 May 1953. Led by Colonel John Hunt, it was organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee. News of the expedition’s success reached London in time to be released on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, 2 June. Charles Evans was John Hunt’s deputy leader on the expedition. With Tom Bourdillon, he made the first ascent of the South Summit, coming within three hundred feet of the main summit of Everest on 26 May 1953, but was forced to turn back. George Lowe helped prepare the route up the Lhotse Face towards the South Col at close to 8,000m altitude. On May 28th, Lowe, Alfred Gregory and Sherpa Ang Nyima, all carrying heavy loads, set out with Hillary and Tenzing as the support party for their summit attempt. Camp IX was established at 8,500m, then Lowe, Gregory and Ang Nyima descended to the South Col. The following day, May 29th, Hillary and Tenzing successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest. Lowe went on to direct a documentary film during the expedition, entitled The Conquest of Everest that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. James Morris wrote for The Times, and in 1953 was its correspondent accompanying the British Mount Everest Expedition. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
"The object of golf is to beat someone. Make sure that someone is not yourself": First Edition of Bobby Jones on Golf; Inscribed by the Legendary Golfer
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1966.
First edition of “the most practical and useful golf book ever written, covering every shot in the game and every aspect of play.” Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated by Anthony Ravielli. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Byron Sites, Best wishes, Bob Jones.” The recipient was a member of The Peachtree Golf Club, which was designed by Bobby Jones. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Charles Price. One of the more uncommon titles to find signed and inscribed, as Jones passed away in 1971.