The Book of Sport. Golf, William Patten.
The Book of Sport
The Book of Sport

One of 50 copies, Superbly Bound

The Book of Sport.

New York: J.F. Taylor, 1903.

Autograph edition, no. 24 of 50 copies. Hand-colored frontispiece in vol. I (The Girl Who Rides, painting by Henry Hutt), inserted hand-colored frontispiece in vol. II (Off Sandy Hook, painting by J. Verrier) not called for in contents. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings; in this edition, the frontispieces and many of the small illustrations have been hand colored. xvi, [1]-280; [iv], [281]-554, [2] pp. 2 vols. Folio. One of 50 copies, Superbly Bound. Full green morocco, gilt sporting device centered on upper cover with thistles as cornerpieces, panelled spine also gilt with thistles, t.e.g., others uncut, by H. Blackwell. Fine. Phillips p. 287, noting only the “Edition de luxe” of 1500 copies; N.Y. Racquet and Tennis Club catalogue 2:26 (no mention of limitation); Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, p. 281-2; not in Donovan and Murdoch or the yachting bibliographies. Item #243907

An imposing compilation of sporting personalities and statistics, illustrated with drawings and numerous photographic portraits taken especially for this book. THE TWO CHAPTER, 80-PAGE SECTION ON AMERICAN GOLF IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTING, being divided into “Golf—The Women” and “Golf—The Men” written by the sport’s recent champions, Ruth Underhill and Beatrix Hoyt, and H.M. Harriman and Findley S. Douglas, and featuring the leading competitors in the field, as well as tournament statistics for 1895-1900. There is a large, six chapter, 53-page section on COURT-TENNIS AND RACQUETS, along with three chapters (48 pages) on LAWN TENNIS; four chapters (43 pages) on POLO (the chapter “Polo in England” being written by Foxhall Keene); chapters on FOX HUNTING, COACHING (by Oliver H.P. Belmont), MOTORING, and a final four chapters (80 pages) on sail and steam YACHTING by H.B. Duryea and W.P. Stephens.


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