"PUTTING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN GOLF": FIRST EDITION OF THE ART OF PUTTING, 1920, SIGNED BY WILLIE PARK
PARK, William, Jr. The Art of Putting by Willie Park. Edinburgh: J. & J. Gray, 1920. Slim octavo, original gilt-stamped blue cloth, top edge gilt, uncut.
First edition of this early instructional manual by a man who has "devoted more time to the study and practice of putting than any other golfer, amateur or professional," with 12 photographic plates of set-ups for long and short putts, signed on the title page by Willie Park.
Willie Park not only played the game professionally, but he operated a successful club manufactory and designed golf courses. His British Open victories in 1887 and 1889 set the stage for the introduction of four new clubs of his invention, and made him the most famous club-maker in Britain. In his treatise on putting, Park discloses "several points which [he had] kept a close secret until now," one of which was hitting the top half of the ball, thereby imparting topspin. Copyright stamp on title page. Donovan & Murdoch 28670. Pre-publication advertisement for The Art of Putting laid in.
A bit of toning to extremities and slight rubbing to spine ends. A near-fine signed copy.