FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK OF PROSE WRITTEN ON GOLF, also recognised as the first book of golf instruction. Farnie was a native of Burntisland and educated at St. Andrews where he became 'a keen hand' at golf. He wrote several guide books, edited a Fifeshire newspaper, and in 1863 went to pursue a journalistic career in London, translating many French operas and operettas. He died in Paris in 1889. Hopkinson pp. 29-30; Murdoch 415.