Blue, blind-stamped cloth, spine lettered in gold with the title and ‘M.S.S. 1877’. Joints, head and tail-bands worn, with small splits in upper joint, corners crushed. 12 + 276pp. With inserted frontispiece (of the pyramids and the Sphinx) and two tipped-in plates of Jerusalem.
This is one of an unknown number of copies – probably more than twenty – to which, in 1877 and 1878, the author added substantial manuscript notes and diagrams, mostly of horoscopes, on inserted leaves. The notes vary to some extent in each copy. In this one there are 49pp (25 leaves) concerning astrology and related topics, plus 14pp (seven leaves) of ‘A Ride through Palestine’ (in 1867), with a further 5pp of ms notes on blank pages in the printed text. One leaf is torn where a small piece has adhered to the following page, and the rear endpaper has suffered in the same manner. Cooke’s Curiosities is a valuable source for the history of astrology in Victorian England; it details his misadventures with Lieut. Morison and his dealings with their contemporaries. Why Cooke produced these ‘special’ copies is unknown; he was a wealthy solicitor and did not need to raise extra income.