Lot 32

DARWIN, Bernard (1876-1961).  The Golf Courses of the British Isles. London: Duckworth & Co., 1910. 4to. 64 plates by Harry Rountree, most coloured, and including the frontispiece of “St Andrews” bound in the relevant section of the text (some light spotting and staining). Original green cloth gilt (rebacked preserving original spine, edges rubbed, some scuffing). Provenance: THOMAS BLOFELD (armorial bookplate); R. G. Nicholson (signature on front free endpaper); coloured printed cartoon by Gilroy, with caption “W.N.R.B. Playing in Lundy Island Winter Championship” in manuscript, mounted on front free endpaper. FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION, with “Rountree” misspelt “Rowntree” on the front cover. With 3 other books, namely Ian Hay’s The Lighter Side of School Life (London, [n.d.], illustrations by L. Baumer), Wilfred Jelf’s Sport in Silhouette (London, 1933, illustrations by Gilbert Holiday) and Ernest H. Shepard’s Drawn from Memory (London, 1957). "When I was eighteen I made a conscious decision not to play golf: being a great competitor, it would have wasted half my life. Nonetheless Bernard Darwin lays claim to be the greatest writer on any sport ever. Pack Clouds Away is my favourite followed closely by Mr Tootleoo and those lovely drawings done by his wife" (H.B.).

Estimate: £100-£150

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