"GONE GOLFING": INSCRIBED BY JACK NICKLAUS, FIRST EDITION OF HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MY STORY, 1997
NICKLAUS, Jack and BOWDEN, Ken. My Story. (New York): Simon & Schuster, (1997). Octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $750.
First edition of Nicklaus' compelling account of his life and championship victories, boldly inscribed by him, "Gone Golfing Jack Nicklaus,” a fascinating memoir praised as "both Nicklaus’ autobiography and a history of modern golf" (New York Times), with 32 pages of photographic illustrations.
"Businessmen on airplanes, laptops on their knees, now discuss golf the way commuters on trains, afternoon newspapers in their briefcases, once talked about baseball. These two disparate eras have been spanned by the playing career of one singular athlete: Jack W. Nicklaus… My Story is both Nicklaus' autobiography and a history of modern golf, for the subjects are wholly intertwined. The book begins with Nicklaus' first national accomplishment, winning the United States Amateur at the age of 19 in 1959. It concludes with Nicklaus winning the Masters for the sixth time in 1986, at the age of 46, his 18th and probably his last victory in a major professional tournament. In between are many of the details from his most important golfing conquests. (There is a whole lot of winning going on in the 505 pages of this book, and very little losing)" (New York Times). Co-authored with Ken Bowden.
A fine copy.