"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Playing the Like; Signed by Bernard Darwin
Playing the Like.
Item Number: 2724
London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1934.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Bernard Darwin Jan 1935.” An excellent copy with some information regarding the book pasted to the inside gutter in the very rare dust jacket with a few closed tears. Rare in the original dust jacket and signed.
It is said Bernard Darwin invented golf writing as we know it today. He was the first golf writer to transcribe facts and figures into a branch of literary journalism and he did so with style, wit and an ability to turn a phrase. Born September 7, 1876 in Downe, Kent, Darwin's grandfather was Charles Darwin, the great naturalist, who proposed the theory of evolution. Bernard never trained as a journalist. After graduating from Cambridge with a law degree, he became a barrister in London for a few years. But Darwin was unhappy in his work and in 1908, he gave up his career in law. "Once Darwin dipped his toe into golf writing, the reports he produced regularly for The Times of London over a forty-five year period and his ruminative essays for the weekly Country Life possessed a quality that no one else has ever approached," Herbert Warren Wind wrote, "We are simply very lucky that a man of his high talent was so smitten by golf that he wrote endlessly about it" (Golf World Hall of Fame).
Other Books by this Author
London: Country Life Limited, 1946.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Name to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1936.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light rubbing. First editions in the original dust jackets are rare and this is easily the nicest example we have seen or handled.
London: Country Life, 1947.
First edition. Octavo, original yellow and green cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front cover, gilt topstain, illustrated. In near fine condition.
London: Souvenir Press Ltd, 1986.
First edition of this collection of writings by Bernard Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket designed by Des Jordan.
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Bernard Darwin's A Round With Darwin
London: Souvenir Press, 1984.
First edition of this collection of essays by Bernard Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"A classic in the literature of golf": First Edition of A History of Golf in Britain; Signed by Bernard Darwin
London: Cassell & Company, 1952.
First edition. Quarto, original green cloth. Signed by Bernard Darwin on the front free endpaper. Frontispiece of John Taylor, illustrations throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips to the front panel and one to the foot of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Bernard Darwin are rare.
“IT IS THE CONSTANT AND UNDYING HOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT THAT MAKES GOLF SO EXQUISITELYWORTH PLAYING”: First Edition of Bernard Darwin's Green Memories; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.
First edition of the first volume of the author’s autobiographical trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including frontispiece portrait of the author. An excellent example in the rare dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Examples in the original dust jacket are rare.
"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing": First Edition of Bernard Darwin's Golf: Pleasures of Life Series
London: Burke, 1954.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
"It is a law of nature that everybody plays a hole badly when playing through": FIRST EDITION OF BERNARD DARWIN'S THE GOLFER'S MANUAL: 1857
The Golfer’s Manual. Being an Historical and Descriptive Account of the National Game of Scotland by ‘A Keen Hand’ and originally Published in 1857 and now Reprinted with an Introduction by Bernard Darwin.
London: The Dropmore Press, 1947.
First edition. Limited to 750 numbered copies, this is number 239. Small octavo, original cloth. Text printed on hand made paper with wood engraved frontispiece. Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968.
First edition of Plimpton’s classic work on golf. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Great Max another wild effusion- George.” The recipient was Max Steele, who along with Plimpton started The Paris Review. Additionally inscribed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, Max Steele. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Korn. A unique example.
Rare First Editions Of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Volumes 1 & 2; Both Volumes Signed By Julia Child
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961-70.
First editions of both volumes of this classic cook book. Quarto, 2 volumes, original illustrated boards. Volume 1 is signed by “Bon Appetit Julia Child” on a bookplate. Volume two is inscribed by and dated in the year of publication by Julia Child on the half title page. Both copies are in near fine condition in near fine dust jackets. A very nice set, rare signed in both volumes.
First edition. Quarto, original leatherette binding, illustrated throughout. No 92 of 600 limited edition printed and bound especially for noted Olympic Equestrian family with a portfolio of 10 historic polo photographs. Contains essays by Prince Philip, Hanut Singh, Earl Moutbatten, Juan Carlos Harriott, Cecil Smith, Ricardo Santamarina, Baron de Rothschild and Robert Skene. Rare.
London: Universal Bridge of Trade , 1931.
First edition. Folio, gilt-lettered stamped sterling silver corners on front cover, moire silk doublures; all edges gilt. Contains forty four photogravure portrait and view plates, tissue guards. Text in parallel columns in English and French.