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Welcome to The Valuable Book Group. We specialize in rare, collectible and antiquarian golf books. We emphasize quality over quantity and are one of the leading specialists in our field. Our specialization allows attention to detail and a focus that less specialized dealers cannot afford.

We have rare and unique items relating to golf and a strong collection of club histories from most of the world's premier golf clubs. If you want the latest mass produced golf book, we suggest amazon.com. If you are looking for collectible, esoteric or high quality, you're at the right place. Our stock changes frequently so please check back periodically. Our reputation is our most Valuable asset. Buyers may return books within 10 days if not delighted with the book for any reason.

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Our Philosophy

Since we have always found that you make better decisions when armed with full information, we include a comprehensive description of all titles including editions, publishing dates, etc. When you are looking for books in these subject areas you will often times see reference to these bibliographic names (ie,  Murdoch, Donovan & Jerris). If you collect rare and valuable books it is important that you become familiar with these reference books. In addition, we strive to communicate in plain English without a lot of the jargon often associated with used and antiquarian books. There is nothing more frustrating than buying a book only to find out later that you bought the wrong title or edition or that there was a limited edition of the book and that is what you really wanted. These reference guides are indispensable for such purposes.

Given the history of rare and antiquarian books we believe it is better to buy a lesser number of titles, but to favor quality over quantity. In our experience, high quality and scarce titles retain their value better over time. Like buying real estate, you usually end up spending more than you think you can afford. When in doubt get the better quality.

We are always interested in purchasing quality golf titles, please inquire. We hope you find our site enlightening and stimulating.

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“A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life. Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows.” 

                                                                                                           ― Henry Ward Beecher


Featured Items:

Merion: The Championship Story. Jeff Silverman, 2013. First Edition.

502 pages, large size. A very impressive volume. Prior histories about Merion were club histories. As odd it is seems, there was never before a book dedicated to championships held at Merion, until this volume. Merion has held more U.S.G.A. championships than any other course. It was the site of Bobby Jones final victory in his 1930 Grand Slam year. The course has also hosted U.S. Opens, a Walker Cup and multiple Amateur titles as well as Curtis Cup and multiple Women's Amateurs. Merion was the site of Ben Hogan's famous 1-iron finishing shot to the eighteenth green. Silverman is a professor at nearby Villanova and did has research including having extensive access to the club's archives. The tome does justice to Merion's place in history. As Pete Dye has said about the storied Philadelphia course, "Merion is not great because history was made here. History was made here because Merion is great." $225.00



Agatha Christie. Murder on the Links. Dodd, New York, 1923. First Edition.

Dodd, Mead, New York, 1923. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 298 pages. Agatha Christie is widely believed to be the most popular fiction writer of all time. Books she has authored have sold over three billion copies globally. The Murder on the Links is especially popular since it was Christie's third mystery (of 66 total mysteries), and one of the scarcest. The story features her famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The plot involves a millionaire, Monsieur Renauld, who asks for Poirot's help. Unfortunately, before Poirot can help him he is found dead in an unfinished bunker on a golf course. The first American edition was published by Dodd, Mead in 1923, following its initial first edition published in the U.K. by Bodley Head. The American edition was published in a dark green cloth with orange lettering. The book is dedicated "To My Husband, a fellow enthusiast for detective stories, and to whom I am indebted for much helpful advice and criticism." She would subsequently divorce this husband, Archibald Christie, who was a member of Sunningdale, where they had a house in the 1920s. In her auto-biography, she states that "all he did was think about golf." In 1971, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II. D & J C11770. Is it difficult to find good first editions. $500.00








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