London: Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd, 1896. 277p. Illustrated with numerous plates from photographs and wood engravings; plus wood-engraved figures within the text. 7½x5½, original decorative green cloth, front cover illustration stamped in black, white and terra-cotta, spine lettered in gilt, original black end papers, edges untrimmed. First Edition. A cornerstone book for a golf library. The first book written by a playing golf professional and, thus, the forerunner of many books in which a champion would reveal the "secret" of his success. Park also includes important historical data on equipment, with an important chapter on course architecture. "In composing the chapter entitled 'Laying Out and Keeping Golf-Links,' Park became the first practising golf course architect to illuminate the theoretical and practical aspects of his design philosophy" -. Very good, brown, black and white paint to front board very good, often worn. Collectors condition without doubt. Item #8794
Donovan & Jerris P4750.