By the end of the nineteenth century, the time of the great Triumvirate of Braid, Taylor and Vardon, little was written on the game of golf compared with the early twentieth century. The selections made for this book have been garnered from rare books and pamphlets, some of which are virtually unknown, together with articles and extracts from magazines.
This extensive selection paints a vivid picture of golf in late Victorian times. Many areas of golf and the game are covered in the seven chapters.
The original illustrations, both in colour and monochrome, have been carefully reproduced and some additional illustrations have been added. The twenty-one selections from 1849 to 1899 include Tales and Traditions of Leith, Hay Fleming's Historical Notes and Extracts Concerning the Links of St Andrews, George Aikman’s Pen and Pencil Sketches of the Game of Golf, The Duffers Golf Club Papers, Songs of the Innerleven Golf Club, The Links – an Auld Kirk Allegory, The Seeding and Preservation of Golf Links and a short piece of fiction, His Golf Madness.
The book, produced throughout by colour process, is an important historical link with the early game of golf. It is designed to be a companion volume to A Journey through the Annals of the Golfing Annuals 1888-1910.
The Foreword is by Peter Dawson, Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the Afterword is by Rand Jerris, Senior Managing Director, Public Affairs, United States Golf Association.
Summary of the Chapters:
- History and the Game
- St Andrews
- Art and Humour
- Chronicles and Letters
- Songs and Poems
The book is 560 pages and published in a limited slipcase edition of 325 copies. It is bound in dark green Arbelave buckram with matching gilt blocked slipcase and is printed on Hello silk-coated paper.