"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.": First Edition of Down the Fairway; Inscribed by Robert T. Jones and Signed by O.B. Keeler
Down the Fairway: The Golf Life and Play of Robert T. Jones, Jr.
Jones, Robert T., Jr. and Keeler, O.B.
Item Number: 5110
Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.
First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Jones on the front endpaper, “To our dear friend Charles Macfarlane with best wishes Robert T. Jones Jr.” Additionally signed by co-author O.B. Keeler. The recipient was a Scottish golfer and later writer for The Evening News, and friends with Jones. In very good condition with some toning to the spine. Published simultaneously with the signed limited edition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed trade editions of Down the Fairway are rare.
"Jones left an enduring legacy of athletic prowess and exemplary personal characteristics. No one is likely to break his records of 13 U.S. and British national championships, and four in one year (he won the U.S. Open a total of four times, the U.S. Amateur five times, the British Open three times, and the British Amateur one time) The Masters seems to have a secure place in the pantheon of golf; and the name Bobby Jones will continue to represent the highest standards of amateurism, sportsmanship and self-mastery" (ANB).