PRESENTATION COPY OF FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN GOLF, ONE OF ONLY 355 COPIES, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY MARTIN IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION
MARTIN, Harry Brownlaw. Fifty Years of American Golf. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1936. Large octavo, original red cloth, top edge gilt, uncut. $2200.
Signed limited first edition, number 83 of only 355 copies, inscribed and dated by the author in the year of publication: "To my friend W. Wallace Lyon, who has been a keen enthusiast of the game, Best wishes from the author, H.B. Martin, Oct '36."
Harry Martin contributed a regular golf column to both the Los Angeles Examiner and the New York Globe. His definitive history of golf at the turn of the century is wonderfully illustrated with scores of early photographs depicting golf as a gentleman's game. "Within [the last 50 years] this country has come to be the leading golfing nation of the world, not only in the development of outstanding players, but in the advancement of the game itself, particularly in its equipment." Without scarce original slipcase. Donovan & Murdoch 25510. The recipient, W. Wallace Lyon, was a renowned New York stock broker and insurance magnate.
A near-fine inscribed copy.