Old Touraine. The Life and History of the Chateaux of The Loire. - Theodore Andrea Cook 1912 - Rivingtons, London - Sixth Edition [First Edition 1887] ‘But the finest work of art in the whole chateau is the portrait of Cosmo de Medicis when quite young, which hangs on the right hand of the door; it has unfortunately been retouched all round the face in 1827, but is not seriously damaged; the treatment of the armour and lace, the masterly touches in the growth of the hair round the temples, and the magnificent breadth of the style would almost suggest that, did dates allow of it, this picture was the work of Titian.’ - Cook writing on the Château de Cheverny.

A lovely two volume set of Cook’s authoritative work, entertaining, informing, and well illustrated.
  Sir Andrea Theodore Cook (March 28, 1867 – September 16, 1928) was a British art critic, writer and sportsman. He studied Classics at Oxford, rowed for Oxford in the 1889 Boat Race, staying on after graduation to found the "University Fencing Club". He was captain of the English Fencing Team in the 1903 championships in Paris and the 1906 championships in Athens. Cook was one of the three British representatives on the International Olympic Committee, and involved in the arrangements for the Olympic Games of 1908 in London. He spent a lot of time in Europe and published authoritarian works on Old Provence, Twenty-five Great Houses of France, Leonardo da Vinci and sculpture among many others, some of which were illustrated by his mother.

Two volumes. pp. [2] 287 [3]; [2] xv [1] 279 [3]. Publisher numbers plates as well as pages, and paginated thus.
  In contemporary fine bindings by Morrell for Scribner, in three-quarter green morocco, spines tooled and titled in gilt, top edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, faint foxing to edges, in very good bindings, 1mm chip to head of volume II, spine moderately darkened.   Ref: 106111   Price: HK$ 1,900