First Edition of Robert Clark's Golf: A Royal & Ancient Game
Golf: A Royal and Ancient Game.
Clark, Robert .
Item Number: 95895
Edinburgh: R. & R. Clark, 1875.
First edition of this rare and early work on golf. Quarto, original green cloth. With 9 plates from paintings, engravings, etchings, including 2 duotone lithographs, 1 color plan of the golf course over St. Andrew’s links and frontispiece, with tissue-guards; plus numerous wood engravings throughout the text; title page with decorative gilt margins; decorative initials. Illustrations by Clark Stanton, C.A. Doyle and G. Aikman. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Rare and desirable in this condition, as most examples have been rebound.
"Widely regarded as one of the most significant, as well as best produced, early books on the history of golf, Clark's work is a compilation of the earliest literature on the game. In assembling the book, Clark, a well-known Edinburgh printer, collected early press reports, biographical sketches, significant acts of Parliament, municipal records, diaries, and extracts from the minutes of the earliest golf clubs" Murdoch 128; D&M 900.