"THE ENGLISH GOLFER MUST WITH SHAME ADMIT THAT A NUMBER OF HIS COMPATRIOTS HAVE DONE THEIR BEST TO DEGRADE AND VULGARIZE THE GAME": BERNARD DARWIN’S FIRST COLLECTION OF GOLF COLUMNS, 1912
[DARWIN, Bernard]. Golf from The Times. London: The Times, circa 1912. Octavo, original gilt-stamped green cloth. $2600.
First edition of Darwin’s first collection of anecdotes taken from his column in The Times.
Bernard Darwin, the grandson of Charles Darwin and for almost 50 years the golf correspondent of The Times, is one of the best regarded of all golf writers. "When he began to write, golf reporting was little more in the daily press than a list of figures at the bottom of a column; by the time of his retirement he had turned it into a branch of literary journalism" (DNB). "Thanks to Bernard, golf has acquired the sturdiest literature of any game. The best is Darwin's… because he showed the writers who came after him how golf should be written" (H.W. Wind). This is the first collection of Darwin's Times articles in book form. Donovan & Murdoch 14040. Tiny bookseller ticket.
Slight foxing to edges of text block, a couple tiny bumps to book edges, slight rubbing and soiling to cloth, gilt bright. An extremely good copy.