Original 1927 edition Golf Architecture in America by George Thomas, not the reprint. The book comes with the rare original dust jacket and is signed by George Thomas on the front free end paper. 342 pages. George Thomas Jr. was born to a wealthy banking family in Philadelphia in 1873 and died in Beverly Hills in 1932. Thomas served as a pilot in the First World War and was a heroic fighter, surviving three crashes. Thomas is best known for the three world-class courses he designed in Los Angeles: Bel-Air, Los Angeles Country Club and Riviera. Thomas designed courses as a recreational pursuit and rarely took money for his work, thus we are blessed with some of the best examples of golf architecture out of his love of the game. Ben Crenshaw has said that his own copy of Golf Architecture is 'way past dog-eared.' Murdoch 767. Donovan & Murdoch 36690. Donovan & Jerris T7730.
Includes many hand drawn illustrations and period photographs of golf courses including Merion and Pine Valley. Cited by architects as the most influential book ever published on golf course architecture. Dust jacket has some tears (and is separated where it meets the front board, but is all present) as seen in the image associated with this listing.
Copies with the jacket, especially those signed by Thomas are very difficult to find.