Down the Fairway by Bobby Jones - Signed by Bobby Jones
First edition, 1927, published in Minton Balch
239 pages. Signed and inscribed by Bobby Jones on the front free endpaper. Comes with a letter of authenticity from JSA. Gilt-stamped green cloth in near fine condition overall. No flaws visible on the boards or internally.
One of the undisputed classics of golf literature as Joe Murdoch called it, "the greatest golf book of the 20th century!" or as Herbert Warren Wind called it, "the best book about golf ever written." Jones was probably the greatest amateur golfer to ever play the game. A true gentleman who embodied the best the game has to offer, he retired at the top of his game after winning the "impregnable quadrilateral" or what is now called the Grand Slam. That is, he won all four major championship tournaments of his era in the same year, 1930. Jones would go on to found and co-design the Augusta National Golf Club and create the Masters Tournament.
A graduate, of Georgia Tech, Emory and Harvard, Jones has a great writing style. Written before Bobby completed the Grand Slam, it shows an innocence we appreciate today. Consider the following passage in a section where he is discussing how he prepares for a golf tournament: "I have a good dinner in the evening in my room, prefaced by two good, stiff highballs, the first taken in a tub of hot water; the finest relaxing combination I know; and then a few cigarettes and a bit of conversation, and bed at 9 o'clock." The US Postal Service has issued a stamp dedicated to Bobby Jones and he is one of a select group of people who has been honored by two ticker tape parades.
Donovan & Murdoch 22730; Murdoch 408, D&J J12490.