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SMART, John.

A Round of the Links:

Views of the Golf Greens of Scotland. Etched by George Aikman, A.R.S.A. from water colour drawings by John Smart, R.S.A.

Published: [? Edinburgh:] Privately printed, 1893

Stock code: 72876

Price: £7,500

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First and limited edition, scarce, limitation not stated but the edition would have been small, this copy numbered 30 and signed by John Smart at the foot of the dedication page. Copac locates only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Scotland), OCLC records only the copy at the LA84 Foundation; there have been two reproduction editions issued (1980 and 1986). A presentation label on the front cover bears a monogram (?ELS) and states that this copy was presented by a “Mrs Robt Ramsay”. Both John Smart (1838-1899) and George Aikman (1830-1905) were natives of Edinburgh and both keen golfers. Twenty greens are depicted here: Dunbar, North Berwick, Gullane, Luffness, Musselburgh, Leith, Leven, Elie, St Andrews, Carnoustie, Montrose, Aberdeen, Perth, Stirling, Bruntsfield, Lanark, Glasgow, Machrihanish, Prestwick, and Troon. One of the most sought after golf books of the period.

Oblong folio. Original brown cloth, gilt lettered on the front cover, gilt stamp of a golfer placing his ball, brown coated endpapers. Title page printed in red & black, 20 handcoloured etched plates printed on Japanese velleum by George Aikman after John Smart (with captioned thin paper guards), uncoloured vignettes within the platemark. Binding a little used and stained, inner hinges strengthened with linen, Dunbar plate slightly stained in margin, captioned guard to Musselburgh torn and soiled, other guards a little creased.

Bibliography: Donovan & Murdoch, The Game of Golf, 520.

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