The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf by Robert Clark, Circa 1875

First trade edition of this first documentary history of golf, “to which every writer on this phase of golf must acknowledge his indebtedness”, profusely illustrated with frontispiece, nine full-page plates, and numerous wood-engraved borders and head- and tail pieces.

“To write a history of golf as it should be done demands a thorough study of all Scottish Acts of Parliament, Kirk Sessions records, memoirs of Scottish literature, legislation, and history from the beginning of time… [Such an historian] will be so ancient before he finishes that he will scarce see the flag on the short hole at St. Andrews from the tee” (Andrew Lang). Clark’s Golf is the first attempt at a history of the early game, based upon “extracts from an immense variety of ancient documents,… to which every writer on this phase of golf must acknowledge his indebtedness” (Browning, v). Includes an appendix of rules as played at the Royal and Ancient Club of St. Andrews.  Preceded the same year by a signed limited edition of only 50 copies.

This copy re-backed with original ornate boards and bound in handcrafted leather and cloth.  Raised and gilt spine.  Presented in a custom cloth slipcase with an Alister MacKenzie survey of the Old Course on the cover.

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