The author was an Edinburgh printer and enthusiastic golfer who became interested in collecting early writings of golf. The first edition was published in 1875 and was apparently limited to 200 copies, 50 of which were numbered, special editions. Moreover, he further tempted the collector by binding up a few "Presentation" copies, how many no-one knows exactly, though Hopkinson refers to "a few" while other sources mention a figure of 12. What is clear, and what Murdoch wryly points out in his 1987 bibliography, is that "if you have one of the 'First', you have a prize; if you have one of the 'Presentation', you do not have to worry about educating your children". In addition, further editions were published in 1899, 1975, 1984 and 2005. This 1893 edition is notable for its numerous and charming engraved head and tail pieces and initial letters, by Clark Stanton and C.A. Doyle.
Second edition. Small 4to. xxvii + 305pp. Frontispiece, 5 plates (all with tissue guards, some browned), 16 wood engravings & copious decorative head and tail pieces and initial letters. Rebound in full tan calf binding, decorative border to front and back covers in gold leaf, raised bands to spine edged in gold leaf. Top edge gilt. Handmade endpapers. Contents slightly foxed in places, with two closed tears to p56, but no loss of text. A handsome copy. [D&M, 910]
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