Hints on the Game of Golf.Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood and Sons, 1886 Stock Code: 146339
A superb copyFirst edition of one of the classic early guides to the game, the first golf instructional book offered for general sale (its few predecessors instead being printed for private distribution), and the first book by Hutchinson.
"Hutchinson possessed a deft touch in his instructional writing, making the difficult and complex 'Scottish game' comprehensible to aristocrat and commoner alike" (Peary & Richardson, p. 51). Hutchinson (1859-1932) was the son of a general and "went to school first at Charterhouse, which he left owing to ill health, and later at the United Services College, Westward Ho!. In 1878 he went up to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and captained the university that year in the university golf match, the first to be held; this was a role he repeated in 1879, 1880, and 1882 (there was no match in 1881). Generally known as Horace, he was a keen sportsman: in 1881 he won the university cue and played for Oxford in the doubles match at billiards. He was also a competent oarsman and cricketer and enjoyed shooting and angling... In 1886 Hutchinson wrote a small book, Hints on the Game of Golf, which coincided with the great increase in the popularity of the game in England, and had considerable success" (ODNB). This success can be measured by the demand for the book, with fourteen editions over the next two decades.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and front cover lettered in green.
2 pp. of publisher's advertisements at front.
Boards a touch bowed, minute rubbing to corners, the binding otherwise sharp and notably unfaded, light spotting to edges, else internally fresh and clean; a fine copy.
Donovan & Murcosh 3100; Murdoch 392; Peary & Richardson (eds,), "Great Golf: Game-Changing Tips from History's Top Golfers", 2012.
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