Rare First Edition of Golf in America: A Practical Manual
Golf in America: A Practical Manual.
Lee, James P.$2,000.00
Item Number: 103562
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1895.
First edition of the first real book published in America on golf, previous efforts having been more like pamphlets. Octavo, original yellow cloth, stamped in silver and green, illustrated with plates from photographs, including frontispiece with tissue-guard present, wood engravings and tables. In near fine condition. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Lee details the migration of golf, and includes profiles of important early clubs. Although relatively few people as yet played the game, the U.S.G.A. had been formed the year before and 1895, the year of publication, was the first in which official championships were played. (Hopkinson pp. 47-48; Murdoch 440).