The Royal and Ancient Game of Golf, Edited by Harold H. Hilton and Garden G. Smith, 1912

Edited by Harold H. Hilton and Garden G. Smith. The Royal and Ancient Game of Golf. London: London and Counties Press Association, Ltd., 1912. First Subscriber’s Limited Edition. Number 237 or a total 900. Published for Golf Illustrated Ltd. Rebound and housed in a custom slipcase.

Presented is a first subscriber’s edition of the Royal and Ancient Game of Golf. This limited edition run printed only 900 copies, of which this is numbered 237. The original subscriber, Frauces W. Weinhaglu, signed the numbered edition page. Edited by Harold H. Hilton and Garden G. Smith, the book was published in London in 1912 for Golf Illustrated. The book is heavily illustrated with photographs, drawings, and paintings. Topics such as the history and origin of golf, eminent golfers, continental and American golf, and a final Ode to Golf are included in the large book. The gilt embossed lion emblem on the front of the original board has been set into the slipcase. Below the Lion reads, “Far & Sure,” a common golf saying pre-dating the 19th century.

The United Kingdom has a long history of Golf. The game was first invented in Scotland during the 15th century and was said to add ten years to a man’s life if played often enough. Later in 1744, the first gentleman’s golf club was formed and rules began to formalize. During the 19th century, wherever the rule of Great Britain went, golf soon followed. The sport grew and certain destinations became known for their own style of courses. Books and guides like the one presented here inform the avid golfer on tips, tricks, and observations relating to certain courses, golfing cultures, and prominent individuals.


Overall very good condition. The first subscriber’s edition has been beautifully rebound in quarter red morocco leather binding with a decorative gilt embossed spine. All three edges of the pages are gilt. Internally, the pages have light occasional foxing from age. The stamped number for the copy is in purple ink and clearly legible. The original red morocco leather front board is set into a custom made archival gray cloth slipcase to protect the book.

Dimensions: 13 ⅛” H x 10 ½” W x 2 ⅛” D (with slipcase)

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