Already in the late 15th century and the early 16th century pictures were drawn or painted of colf players. These representations in the form of decorative miniatures in religious books were made by artists and monks, mainly from Flanders, the cradle of the colf game. These religious books, called ‘books of hours’, were written and painted by hand mainly for royals and nobility.
The best known colf miniature dates from around 1500 and was represented in the so-called ‘Golf Book’. It shows colvers swinging, approaching and putting a colf ball. Less known is a similar illumination in the so-called ‘Other Golf Book’ (or ‘Quaritch Book of Hours’ or ‘Book of Hours of Charles V’). This illumination dates also from around 1500 and was discovered and written about some 100 years ago.
We thought it of interest to show you the article about this illumination published in the American magazine ‘Golf Illustrated & Outdoor America’ in August 1915, written by the chief editor Max Behr.