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Golf Elementary Instruction by John D. Dunn, and Rules; with Golf Goods: Balls, Caddie-bags, Course Supplies, and General Golf Supplies Retail Catalogue Seasons 1900-1901 with Advertisement (original) from Harvard Lampoon 1900

by Dunn, John D. (John Duncan Dunn)

First Edition

Price: $1,000.00
from: Rose's Books, IOBA


  • Seller Inventory #: 019272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book condition: Fair
  • Illustrator: Illustrated
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: The Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. (BGI)
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1900
  • Keywords: EARLY GOLD INSTRUCTION CLUBS

New York: The Bridgeport Gun Implement Co. (BGI), 1900. New York: Bridgeport Gun Implement Company (BGI), 1900. First edition with original advertisement for BGI Golf Clubs appearing in same year. 12mo. Stapled wrappers, 92 pp. pp. 1-31 is a catalogue, illustrated with half-tone images throughout; pp. 33 to 92 pp. The cover says: "Golf Elementary Instruction by John D. Dunn, and Rules". The title page says: "Golf Goods: Balls, Caddie-bags, Course Supplies, and General Golf Supplies, Retail Catalogue, Seasons 1900-1901; the title page on p. 35 says: "Golf: Elementary Instruction to Beginners by John D. Dunn". The half-title on p. 33 says: Revised Elementary Instruction to Beginners by John D. Dunn". John Duncan Dunn, born in North Berwick in 1874, was the scion of a famous golfing family, his great uncle Willie being one of the "Dunnies" who played in high-wager matches against Old Tom Morris and Alan Robertson. Initially he studied medicine at Edinburgh but left to join the family golfing business, In 1892 he established a clubmaking business with his brother at the Prince's Club in Mitcham, Surrey. A great all-round sportsman he played for a Scottish team against England at football, won the British Team Roller-Skating Championship, played rugby for Bournemouth Rovers and was also a good shot. He laid out many of the early golf courses in the Netherlands, including Den Haag, Haarlem, Arnhem and Doomse. He made a five month trip to America in 1895 and returned in 1897 and became assistant to his uncle, Willie Jr, at the Ardsley Country Club. He later opened his own shop on 42nd Street in Manhattan and managed the golf department of the Overman Wheel Company in Chicopee Falls, MA. In 1900 he took over from his uncle as manager of the famous BGI Co and, in the same year, laid out the Ekwanok CC course in Vermont with Walter Travis. It was with Florida courses that he really made his name as a designer, working for the Florida East Coast Railroad Company, he developed, among others, Miami Golf Links, Palm Beach, Kissimmee and St Augustine. Front cover held together with tape. Lacking rear cover. Ephemera is in fine condition. Fair.. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Fair. Illus. by Illustrated. 12mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" Tall. Catalog.