“WHY THE BUSINESS MAN SHOULD PLAY GOLF”: TRAVERS’ GOLF BOOK, 1913, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY TRAVERS
TRAVERS, Jerome D. Travers’ Golf Book. New York: Macmillan, 1913. Octavo, original olive green cloth gilt, mounted photographic cover portrait, uncut. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition, second issue, of this four-time U.S. amateur champion’s first book, with 48 stop-action photographs, inscribed, “To Archie Gwathmey, Compliments of Jerome D. Travers.”
“Although he was of slight stature, Travers dominated golf in the decade before World War I with his stunning iron shots and expert putting. He won many tournaments because of his calm temperament, patience, and ability to make precise shots… He won the United States Amateur in 1907, 1908, 1912, and 1913, and was runner-up in 1914. His victory in 1913 set a record for that tournament—not broken until Bobby Jones won it five times… He was among the first members of the Golf Hall of Fame established by the United States Golf Association” (DAB). Second issue, with “published June 1913 twice” on the copyright page. Donovan & Murdoch 37090.
Text and illustrations fine, water ring to cover photograph, gilt bright and fine. An exceptional copy, quite scarce inscribed.