London, England: Longmans, Green. 1929. 211p. All original orange vellum + plates. Preface by J.C. Squire. Illustrated by the authors: 43 numbered plates, mostly course plans (22 of which are in colour); plus other illustrations including engraved frontispiece with tissue-guard, wood engravings and drawings within text, head and tail-pieces. 10¼x7¾, original gilt-ruled orange full vellum, spine lettered in gilt, some pages unopened, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. One of 50 "Large Paper" copies specially bound in full orange vellum; this copy unnumbered of only 50. First Edition.
Signed by both authors, Wethered and Simpson, on the limitation page. Classic book of golf architecture with superb essays on the philosophy of golf architecture, ink sketches and colour washes.
Rear end board has a label attached explaining, this very copy was used in a National exhibition of The Royal Academy Exhibition of British Art in Industry.
Based in central London, the Royal Academy is the largest most respected organisation responsible for showing THE best of British, in the 1920's and 30's to be of Royal Academy worthy standard shows there is likely nothing better anywhere in the world.
According to Murdoch, it is "the most desirable book to have in all the golf library."
Simpson believed that only by studying the "Old Course" at St. Andrews could one properly understand golf course design and construction.
Fine Golf Books are honoured to offer this scarce of the scarcest and important title. Very good, near fine. Item #12051