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The Scrapbook of Old Tom Morris Hardcover – October 29, 2001

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Inspired by British Royality, 'The Scrapbook of Old Tom Morris' is the most unique and one-of-a-kind book ever published. Old Tom Morris was golf's first superstar- a golf professional, club maker, greenkeeper and architect- all at the home of golf- St. Andrews. The scrapbook, assembled by David Joy, contained minutes from the R&A annual meetings, the original rules of golf, vintage photographs, scorecards from the early Open's and famous challenge matches, and a view into the life of an incredible man. The 'Scrapbook' would not have been published, had Prince Andrew not asked to see the book when David Joy was reading from it at a private dinner party at St. Andrews...

...once he saw it, he asked if he could take it home for the night. Joy reluctantly handed it over, and when he met with Prince Andrew in the morning, the royal just raved about the 'Scrapbook'. Once we heard the story, and saw the book for ourselves, we had to make copies and share this treasure with golfers all over the world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886947457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886947450
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reluctant Reviewer on April 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Old Tom Morris lived to the age of eighty-seven, witnessing, and being a major part of, the development of a sport which is now played all over the world (and once on the moon). It is therefore extraordinary that this seems to be the only book dedicated to his life; or even to this time in golf's history. Prior to this publication, the exceptional characters of the time - Old Tom Morris, Willie Park, Allan Robertson, Young Tom Morris - have merited only the occasional paragraph in golfing encyclopedia.
Compiled as an actor's stage prop - from sources including the golfer's actual book of cuttings - it has the feel of a genuine, beautifully bound scrapbook: its not-quite chronological order, happy-accident compilation seems the sort of thing someone would put together in their spare time. This adds enormously to the book's appeal - starkly setting out a man's life in cuttings and photographs, with no explanatory notes, proves very moving.
Though this fresh approach to biography allows the reader to interpret material free of the bias normally brought by the author, it also means it is free of any correction: the original authors of the clippings would, no doubt, have their own agenda, as would the person collecting the material. Another disadvantage of this format is that it lacks a social context: sporting event takes precedence, leaving the world around relatively unimportant (reading 'A Century of the Scottish People 1830-1950' T C Smout, would help the reader fill this gap).
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By bruce cruickshank on August 23, 2014
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Brilliant book for anyone who is interested in the history of the game
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