Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927. Charles Blair Macdonald.
Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927
Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927
Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927
Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927
Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927
Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927

Scotland's Gift: Golf; Reminiscences by Charles Blair Macdonald, 1872-1927

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 234 of 260 copies, quarto size, 358 pp. plus folding map, signed by Charles B. Macdonald. Near fine. Item #CNSX01

Charles Blair Macdonald (1855-1939) is revered (rightly) among fans of the great game of golf, and is referred to as the "Father of American Golf Architecture". He won many awards during his time as a golfer, eventually being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Lifetime Achievement category. He designed the first 18-hole golf course in America followed by a long list of other courses, many inspired by the great courses in Great Britain, and many of which are today still played and rank among the country's best courses.

This work, "Scotland's Gift: Golf" is Macdonald's recounting of those seminal years when golf was being introduced to the United States, the USGA was formed, and the first U.S. Amateur was held (in 1895 - with MacDonald winning 12 & 11 in the final) (n.b., the above information from Wiki). Several of the chapters deal with the history of golf (i.e., "Early Implements, Clubs, Balls; Also Links"), several with the growth of the game and standardization, and many others with golf architecture.

Our favourite chapter is entitled "Rambling Thoughts"; an example is this meditation: "So many people preach equity in golf. Nothing is so foreign to the truth. Does any human being receive what he conceives as equity in his life? He has got to take the bitter with the sweet....In golf the cardinal rules are arbitrary and not founded on eternal justice. Equity has nothing to do with the game itself. If founded on eternal justice the game would be deadly dull to watch or play. The essence of the game is inequality, as it is in humanity...." (pp. 322-323).

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full cherry red paper over boards, portions of the Clan MacDonald crest and Macdonald's initials debossed on the front in gilt, vellum spine and tips, black leather spine label with gilt letters and decorated border, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, limitation page tipped onto the half-title with the signature of Charles B. Macdonald in black ink, tissue-guarded colour frontispiece ("Charles Blair Macdonald, From the painting by Gari Melchers....), title page in red and black, the crest of the Clan MacDonald set in the middle, bound in throughout are an additional five tissue-guarded colour plates and fifty-two photolithographs, bound in at the end a five-panel "Map of the National Golf Links of America, Shinecock Hills, L.I." in black, green and red showing all eighteen holes plus pertinent features of the course (drawn by E.J. Raisz, Columbia University N.Y.), which measures 10 1/8" high and approximately 24 1/2" long when extended; quarto size (10 3/8" by 7 7/8"), pagination: [2, limitation page, verso blank] [i-viii] ix-xii [2, sectional title, verso blank] 1-340, [map].

___CONDITION: Near fine and could likely be deemed fine; the boards clean and without noticeable wear, the vellum spine amazingly bright, the glit on the black leather spine label bright and the label itself without wear, the vellum tips straight and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and other than some vintage bookseller pencil markings at the top corner of the front free endpaper entirely free of prior owner markings; a speck of soil to the front top vellum tip, another few specks on the vellum spine, we had a professional (name available upon request) re-touch the bottom edges and a few very light marks on the boards, which now present almost as new. Overall a stunning example of this seminal work.

___CITATION: Donovan and Murdoch 24760.

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