Fairylife and Fairyland. A Lyric Poem. Communicated by Titania through her Secretary, Thomas of Ercildoune, sometime of Eildon, Scotland, and Called, when Habiting this Earth, 'The Rhymer' and 'True Thomas.'
by (COOK, Sir Francis, 1st Baronet)
Frontis. albumen print & four albumen prints, all of Monserrate. xviii, 342, iv pp.,  p. of publisher's ads. 8vo, orig. green cloth (corners rubbed, lower joint & foot of spine worn), upper cover & spine gilt. London: L. Booth, 1870. First edition of this scarce and peculiar work celebrating the Monserrate estate of Cook (1817-1901), a merchant and famous art collector. The authors are believed to be Thomas Purnell (1834-89), and John Cargile. In rhyming verse, they describe Monserrate, Pena Palace, Mafra, and Lisbon, casting Cook in the role of Oberon. "In 1856 [Cook] bought the palace of Monserrate at Cintra, a place redolent with romantic associations. He had the building completely restored and embarked on the development of its magnificent gardens. He gradually acquired vast areas of land near Cintra and renewed the prosperity of the district. In recognition of his services to the area and his benevolence to the poor, in 1864 Cook was created Visconde de Monserrate by the king of Portugal... "About 1860 Cook acquired Doughty House in Richmond Hill, Surrey, and began to assemble one of the most important collections of pictures formed in England during this period. Although he had acquired some pictures prior to this, the 100 paintings which formed the nucleus of his collection were purchased in 1860 from John Charles Robinson, who continued to advise him on his collection, and who provided him with many of his further acquisitions. Cook purchased works of all the major schools of European painting... Although there were not many English paintings, Cook owned works by Gainsborough, Hogarth, and Turner. Italian maiolica, bronzes, ivories, tapestries, and antique statuary also formed part of the collection, which was vast in its scope. Cook tried to make his private collection accessible to students...The main portion of his estate went to his elder son, Frederick Lucas, who succeeded to the baronetcy, part of his collection of works of art going to his younger son, Wyndham Francis."-ODNB. The five photographs - three of which are slightly faded - depict the interior and exterior of Cook's luxuriously decorated house in Monserrate. Very good copy. (Inventory #: 6047)
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