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The Open: The British Open Golf Championship Since the War by Peter Alliss (£10.50)Publisher: Collins — 1984
Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002171759]
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Errata slip pasted in at the title page.
Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs, maps and tables. Maps to the endpapers. From the cover: “The first Open Championship took place at Prestwick in 1860, with just a handful of competitors. Now the premier event of the golfing year, this championship fascinates spectators and players the world over. None of golf’s greatest names today can think they have reached the highest level of all without at least one victory in the Open — the number of hopeful entrants from the golfing nations of the world is well over a thousand.
Peter Alliss’s account is both detailed and personal. He has cither played in or commentated on almost all of the events described in this book, and the text is sharpened throughout by his perceptive reminiscences of the players concerned, of the great figures of golf in their moments of triumph and disaster.
The introduction reminds the reader briefly of the Open in days long gone, but the start of the book is 1946 — that year when the golfers of the world reassembled at St Andrews after the Second World War. This is no text book history. This is the story of the great players of the time. Cotton, Locke, Thomson, Player, Palmer, Trevino, Nicklaus and Watson — these are the world’s great golfing stars. But Peter Alliss also takes care to mention those who, while perhaps destined to be heard of no more, shared a memorable hour upon the stage.
Perhaps the drama of the event is all, but for those who want facts as well as emotion there are to be found in these pages the scores of all the players who reached the last day. The appendix shows the results of research illustrating the development of the championship and the achievements of many key figures.
The book concludes as Peter Alliss looks to the future. He has reservations about the years ahead which will be heard with respect. He knows the significance of the fact that the Open is now big business, each year bringing its record attendance. And gazing into his crystal ball he lays bets on the players who will take the championship into the twenty-first century.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 256 pages.
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22