The Golfer's Handbook. Robert Forgan.
The Golfer's Handbook.

The Golfer's Handbook.

Cupar, Scotland: John Innes, 1881. 83, [1] + [6] ad pp. Illustrated with 4 engraved plates; plus figure drawings within text. 7x4¾, publisher's green cloth-backed pictorial printed gray paper over boards. First Edition. The first golf book to be successful in sales. Forgan founded a famous club-making firm in St. Andrews and his old shop is still open as a museum for visitors. Murdoch states: "This book, somewhat like The Golfer's Manual (1857) in style but considerably more comprehensive in content, includes instruction, history, outstanding golf feats and other golfiana, such as a reprint of a magazine article by Horace G. Hutchinson and a ballade by Andrew Lang. It also includes `Rules', the local rules for the Old Course at St. Andrews, a `Glossary of Technical Terms' and a list of `Clubs in Great Britain,' which included, at this early date, six in Ireland." First published in 1881 by John Innes, Cupar, Scotland, the book went into numerous reprintings. This is the rare 1st edition, in excellent condition. Ex- Edinburgh public library, with some small library stamps, and a bookplate on inner board, not detracting from this exceptional title. Item #5006

Price: £7,495.00