We have recently published for the United States Golf Association Foundation Swing Time: A Celebration of Golf and Music 1870-1939. The authors are two well-known and highly-respected golf historians, Dr. Rand Jerris and Peter Lewis, who also are excellent collaborators. This unique and important new entry in the Library of Golf is 324 pages, which includes a comprehensive Bibliography and Index, together with profuse colour illustrations. The book is printed on acid-free paper with an illustrated dust jacket in a limited edition of 1500 copies.
The USGA’s Announcement for Swing Time includes the description:
From the 1870s until the start of the Second World War, leading American and British composers and lyricists created a profusion of songs and sheet music with golf themes. Though largely unknown today, a thriving tradition of golf music led to the publication of more than 600 golf songs during these decades. Once hugely popular, selling tens of thousands and in a few cases millions of copies, this remarkable corpus of golf music tells extraordinary stories about the connections between golf and popular culture.
Swing Time: A Celebration of Golf and Music 1870-1939 is a lavishly illustrated survey of golf music that features more than 200 golf songs, many created as stand-alone songs and some written to accompany theatrical productions and early films. Many of these songs were written by the premier composers and lyricists of the day; leading artists created the beautifully illustrated covers. The ephemeral nature of sheet music has rendered examples of golf sheet music exceedingly rare; only a single known copy survives for many of the songs featured in this volume. Most of songs highlighted in the book are published here for the first time for modern audiences.
Written by Dr. Rand Jerris and Peter Lewis, two of the game’s premier historians, Swing Time illuminates a rich tradition of golf music that runs long and deep, across every continent where the game is played.
Please note that 100% of the sale price of every copy of Swing Time will be donated to the USGA Foundation to support the mission and activities of USGA Golf Museum and Library.
The Swing Time dust jacket liners are below:
For all Swing Time order destinations to the UK and Europe, please order via Our Bookstore.
We have published this month two new limited edition golf books, each with period illustrations and printed on acid-free paper, casebound and slipcased.
A Golfing Idyll, by the pseudonymous Violet Flint, is the first publication. It commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Grant Books, founded by Bob and Shirley Grant in 1971 as a source for quality used golf books, by re-printing in new typeset A Golfing Idyll, the first publishing event by the Grants, produced in 1978. This new volume in 250 copies features a splendid Introduction and careful Annotations by David Hamilton, a renowned Glaswegian surgeon, now resident in St Andrews, himself a highly-respected research authority on golf’s history and a noted golf book publisher through many years. It is an excellent addition to one’s golf library and complements well prior editions.
The second publication in 175 copies is Letters on Golf, by the pseudonymous ‘A Parish Minister’, produced in 1889. We are aware of less than a handful of original copies of this set of golf essays, sited on the linksland at Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth in Scotland and authored with homage to Horace G. Hutchinson’s Hints on the Game of Golf, first published in 1886. This remarkably rare original publication can now be in its Grant Books Ltd form an important volume in one’s golf library.
ROYAL DORNOCH MEMORIES
We are pleased to announce our recent publication in collaboration with Royal Dornoch Golf Club.
Royal Dornoch Memories combines in one volume in re-set typeface the two splendid stapled-booklets authored by a Dornoch ‘favorite son’, Donald Grant (1889-1982): Donald Ross of Pinehurst & Royal Dornoch (1973) and Personal Memories of Royal Dornoch Golf Club 1900-1925 (1985, posthumously), both long out-of-print.
Our new publication, on behalf of Royal Dornoch, has the added feature of stunning recent photographs of the Championship Course from the Club’s archives together with an extensive Appendix featuring essays and a poem from classic sources in the Library of Golf from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also, with the kind permission of Bill Scheft, a nephew of the late Herbert Warren Wind, the legendary American golf writer, we have included parts of Mr. Wind’s memorable essay, ‘North to the Links of Dornoch’, published in 1964. Here are the appended contents:
The prefatory material includes a Letter from the Royal Dornoch Captain-elect Willie MacKay, a Foreword by Donald Grant’s grand-nephew Alan Grant, and an Introduction by the Publisher. The volume is priced at £15 and is printed in 1000 copies on acid-free paper at 210 pages bound in card covers with a card-cover slipcase.
An anonymous Royal Dornoch member funded this project with the stipulation that all proceeds would be dedicated to “The Dr John Macleod Caddie Fund at Royal Dornoch Golf Club”.
Book orders are exclusively available directly from the Club by accessing this link:
We have published this month three new limited edition golf books, each with period illustrations, printed on acid-free paper, casebound and slip-cased.
The second publication is The Haunted Major, Robert Marshall’s 1902 fantasy and satire set at the Old Course at St Andrews with the original illustrations by Harry Furniss. Our limited edition is special as good friend Dr David Hamilton, the esteemed Glaswegian surgeon and noted golf book publisher resident in St Andrews, has provided a fascinating and fulsome Introduction and savvy annotations to the text.
The third publication is a series of golfing selections from St Andrews Ancient and Modern, written in 1870 by W. de Aula, the pseudonym for Scotsman Hall Maxwell. We are aware of only two copies of the original publication, and we include several of that book’s unique illustrations.
We are pleased to advise you of four new limited edition golf books that we shall be publishing in early 2021 for our Bookstore.
The first publication is Some Golf in 1897, an important companion to our recent Some Golf in 1888. The volume at 170 pages with period monochrome and colour illustrations will be casebound, printed on acid- free paper and slip-cased.
The second publication is excerpted from the very rare (we know of only two original copies extant) St Andrews Ancient and Modern, authored in 1870 by W. de Aula, the pseudonym for Scotsman Hall Maxwell. The volume at 32 pages with period monochome and colour illustrations will be casebound, printed on acid- free paper and slip-cased.
The third publication is The Haunted Major, a novel by Robert Marshall, first published in 1902. Similar to the de Aula work above, The Haunted Major is an amusing fantasy and satire set at the Old Course. This edition is special as Dr David Hamilton, a Glaswegian and St Andrean surgeon and noted golf book publisher, provides a fulsome introduction and important annotations to the text, displaying much about the Old Course and its colourful and gossipy local St Andrews golfing community more than one hundred years ago. The volume at 92 pages with delightful, original, monochrome illustrations by Harry Furniss will be casebound, printed on acid-free paper and slip-cased.
The fourth publication will be a bit of a surprise from the late 1880's.
Early in 2021 we shall communicate more comprehensive descriptions of these four publications and the timing of their releases.
GRANT BOOKS - A NEW CHAPTER
D M Wilson, III
Grant Books Ltd
Bob Grant has retired nearly fifty years after founding Grant Books, a well known publisher of limited edition golf books. Bob’s colleague and friend, D. M. Wilson, the new publisher at Grant Books Ltd, looks forward to continuing Bob’s high standards serving the company’s clientele from its offices in the United Kingdom.
Legacy and Continuity
In 1971, Grant Books commenced in Worcestershire, England a book business focused exclusively upon entries in the library of golf. Not long after the business began to thrive, Bob and Shirley Grant expanded into publishing limited edition golf books, where their success was immediate, whether as classics in facsimile, club centenary books, new material from the many facets of the golfing world, or important limited editions for The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. From the first publication in 1978, The Golfing Idyll, by Violet Flint (pseudonym for Col. J.E. Thompson), whatever the golf subject has been, the Grant Books quality for editing, printing, illustrating, binding, and precision has been at a high standard. Bob always has sold his books at a fair price and they have often been described as “modern classics”. And now, the last of more than one hundred different limited editions has been recently published, Some Golf in 1888.
What an extraordinary contribution Bob and Shirley have made to the golf book world. All of us, many of whom, initially clients and now friends, shall miss them. “Bravo!” for a job done well.
Grant Books Ltd will be carried forward as a publisher of fine limited edition golf books, adhering to the character present at the founding of Grant Books, and enduring as a publisher with the continuing high standard of its typesetter and printer, Hughes & Company in Pershore, England, and its binder, Henry Ling Ltd in Dorchester, England.