Manchester in the Mountains, Vermont [gilt-stamped cover title]

Manchester, VT: The Equinox House ("Photographs / copyright by / W.H. Wallace / Photo- Illustrator 2231 Broadway / New York"), nd [1912?]. 4to. 17 photographs (plus a duplicate of one, laid in), each 6 x 8 inches, mounted on stiff black photo album leaves, each captioned in white ink, plus 4 larger photographs, each 8 x 10 inches, laid in at the rear. Seven of the photographs picture views around Manchester, the Equinox House, a famous New England resort hotel (the first two photographs), the "Elms" on Main Street (1), the Battenkill River and Green Mountains (2), and Equinox Point (2); the four larger photographs that are laid in feature interior scenes of the hotel. Of importance are the ten golfing photographs taken at Ekwanok Country Club, picturing the club house and the golfers on nine different holes (of 18) and featuring major golfers of the era, Warren Cockran (the first President's Cup Winner), Fred Herreshoff (sometimes referred to as the greatest player to never win a major), Walter J. Travis (designer of the Ekwanok course and 3-time U.S. Amateur champion), and Francis Ouimet who shocked the world with his 1913 U.S. Open Championship, defeating the heavily favored Harry Vardon and Ted Ray of Great Britain (Ouimet also won the 1914 U.S. Amateur Championship, on this Ekwanok course). Other golfers pictured include James L. Taylor, one of the founders of Ekwanok, and Horace Rawlins, an Englishman who won the first U.S. Open in 1895. Wallace was well-known for his golfing photographs in the period, with many published in the "Century Illustrated Magazine" and other periodicals and books. We have not been able to locate other copies (not in Donovan/Murdock or recorded on OCLC or in other sources consulted). Some of the images are toned, but most are sharp and clear, full of detail. An important photograph album, picturing the sport and in its early years in the United States. Original pebbled leather (rubbed). (#7987). Item #60770

Price: $1,500.00

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