"No matter what happens, keep on hitting the ball": Harry Vardons How To Play Golf; Signed by Him
How To Play Golf.
Item Number: 83458
London: Methuen, 1912.
First edition, second printing, published one month after the first of Vardon’s classic work. Octavo, original red cloth with titles to the spine in gilt, frontispiece of Vardon, tissue-guard, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “John R. Burton from Harry Vardon 12 October 1912” on the verso of the frontispiece. In near fine condition. Books signed by the legendary golfer are rare.
Harry Vardon was a member of the Great Triumvirate of the sport in his day, along with John Henry Taylor and James Braid. He went on to win The British Open Championship a record six times and also won the U.S. Open.
Other Books by this Author
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.
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.
"NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, KEEP ON HITTING THE BALL": FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF HARRY VARDON’S HOW TO PLAY GOLF
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.
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.
"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.
"Perhaps the most widely read golf tutorial ever written": First Edition of Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf; Signed by Legendary golfer Ben Hogan
New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1957.
First edition of one of the best-selling golf books of all-time. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Ben Hogan on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Illustrated by Anthony Ravielli. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
"For thousands of years, human beings have communicated with one another in the language of dress": First Edition of The Language Of Clothes; Signed by Alison Lurie
New York: Random House, 1981.
First edition of Lurie’s classic work about the clothes we wear and what they say about us. Quarto, original cloth. Illustrated by Doris Palca. Signed by the author on the half-title page with the added words, “For thousands of years, human beings have communicated with one another in the language of dress. Alison Lurie.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ray Cruz. A unique example.
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932.
First edition, early printing of Earhart’s account of her childhood, her fascination with aviation, and her life through her 1932 flight across the Atlantic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper. With the rare original silvertone phonograph recording of her internationally broadcast speech given the day she completed her solo transatlantic flight. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing.