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.