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HILTON, Harold H., & Garden G. Smith.

The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf.

London: Published for Golf Illustrated Ltd. by the London and Counties Press Association Ltd, 1912 Stock Code: 133168
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"This is one of the most magnificent books in the entire library of golf"

First edition, limited issue, number 42 of 100 copies only; this copy without the subscriber's name inserted on the limitation leaf but with a pencilled note on the front free endpaper, "From the Princess Royal to RW" and a previous bookseller's note identifying this as General Sir Reginald Wingate (1861-1953), "Wingate of the Sudan", army officer and colonial governor. Louise, Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife (1867-1931) was close to the Wingates, in 1921 she "invited Wingate to fill a vacancy on the Board of Trustees for her Fife estates, a position he would occupy until 1936" (Pugh) and in 1927 she was the Wingates's guest at Knockenhair, their house at Dunbar. Wingate was an avid golfer, as testified by his papers held at Durham University, showing that he established new links near Khartoum and played while on active service in Somaliland and Egypt. In 1923 Princess Louise became patroness of Duff House Royal Golf Club, Aberdeenshire.

"This is one of the most magnificent books in the entire library of golf, comprehensive in content, very handsome in appearance and attractively illustrated" (Murdoch).

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Quarto. Original vellum, gilt titles to spine and front cover, decoration to front cover in black, green and gilt (showing a lion statant, display of golf clubs and a banderole carrying the motto of The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh, "Far & Sure"), cream-coloured moiré silk endpapers, gilt edges, yellow silk bookmark.


3 colour plates, 2 photogravures, chapter headings and tailpieces by Harry Rountree, illustrations in the text; title printed in red and black.


Binding discoloured and showing some signs of handling, endpapers and blanks a little foxed, moiré silk endpapers frayed, missing portion (160 x 140 mm) of the final page of index skilfully supplied in facsimile.


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