"NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, KEEP ON HITTING THE BALL": FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF HARRY VARDON’S HOW TO PLAY GOLF
How to Play Golf.
Item Number: 89007
Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co, 1912.
First American edition of Vardon’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, with forty-eight illustrations. Frontispiece portrait of Harry Vardon with tissue guard present. In near fine condition. Uncommon.
A professional golfer from the Bailiwick of Jersey, Harry William Vardon was one of the three members of the Great Triumvirate along with John Henry Taylor and James Braid. The trio combined to win The Open Championship 16 times in the 21 tournaments held between 1894 and 1914; Vardon won six times with Braid and Taylor winning five apiece
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London: Hutchinson & Co, 1933.
First edition of Vardon’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
Rare original broadside poem by Edgar Guest on golfer Harry Vardon. A photograph of Vardon with a putter and the poem by Edgar Albert Guest is below. Guest who was popular poet in the 20th century and became known as the “People’s Poet”. Matted and framed.
First Edition of Harry Vardon's My Golfing Life; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket and from the library of Albert W. Tillinghast with a letter to him signed by Vardon laid in
London: Hutchinson & Co, 1933.
First edition of Vardon’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. From the library of golf architect A.W. Tillinghast with his handwritten library index card laid in. A.W. Tillinghast was one of the most prolific architects in the history of golf; he worked on more than 265 different courses and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. Affixed to the front free endpaper is a three-page autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Vardon to Tillinghast on Vardon’s letterhead dated February 19th 1914 which reads in part, “Dear Mr. Tillinghast, I thank you very much for clipping & also letter. I fail to understand American people. They ask for my candid opinion of things…then they slate you for doing so…” During his career, Vardon made three visits to North America, 1900, 1913 and 1920. During all three trips he competed in the U.S. Open finishing 1st, 2nd and tie 2nd, becoming golf’s first international celebrity in 1900 when he toured the United States and Canada. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
London: Hutchinson & Company, 1920.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Illustrated with several folding plates from action-shot photographs. First editions in the original dust jackets are rare.
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1922.
First edition of this golf instructional by Vardon. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated from photographs posed by the author. In near fine condition, contemporary name to the front free endpaper.
"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.
Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co, 1910.
First edition of Beecher Bronson’s classic account of his hunting experiences in Africa. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with nearly 100 photographs by the author. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “The author inscribed this volume for a well-loved kindred spirit…. Edwin Willard Deming, EB Bronson NY 12 Nov ’12.” The recipient was American artist Edwin Willard Deming, who studied under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. In 1887 Deming first visited and painted the Apaches and Pueblos of the Southwest. His career of painting and illustrating took him repeatedly to the lands of the Blackfoot, Crow, and Sioux, as well as to Arizona and New Mexico. After the turn of the century, Deming devoted more time to sculpture but also began work on a series of romantic murals of Indian life, which were subsequently installed in the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the American Indian in New York. Signed personal bookplate of the recipient, Edwin Willard Deming, in near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Rare and desirable.
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
New York: Golf Digest Books, 1984.
First edition of this golf instructional. Quarto, original boards, illustrated. Signed on the half-title page, “Best regards Jack Nicklaus.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Illustrations by Jim McQueen.