Sold in the May 14 auction at $2400 (£1965) was a copy of the Wilson Caddy Manual. Published in Chicago in 1917, it ran to just 16 saddle-stitched pages in now split pictorial wrappers.
It was by Tom Bendelow, who in the US is known as ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of golf. He was the pioneer nurseryman (real name John Chapman) who introduced apple trees into a great many parts of North America.
In his golf booklet Bendelow explains: “I am just putting into concrete form those things that a good caddie will always proceed to remember and endeavour to carry out, feeling that by doing so he is making himself more and more necessary to his player’s enjoyment.”