Item #05676 Costumes of the Canary Islands. Alfred DISTON.
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands
Costumes of the Canary Islands

Costumes of the Canary Islands

London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1829. Item #05676

Scarce Costume Book on The Canary Islands
Six Hand Colored Lithographs - In the Original Printed Wrappers

[DISTON, Alfred]. Costumes of the Canary Islands. Smith, Elder, and Co., 1829.

First edition Large quarto (11 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches; 301 x 241 mm.). [2, title, verso blank], six leaves of text (not numbered) and six hand colored lithograph plates (four with tissue guards) by W. Fisk after A. Diston. Some light marginal staining and light foxing, some light dust soiling to blank margins on first leaf of text. The plates generally bright and fresh.

Publisher's drab printed wrappers, rebacked? Stitching loose, top corner of verso of front wrapper strengthened with tape. Some slight chipping to extremities. Housed in a dark blue cloth clamshell case, rectangular black morocco labels on front and spine, lettered in gilt.

Rare: OCLC/KVK locate just one example in libraries and institutions worldwide: Kunstbiblio Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany) - that copy appears to be uncolored.

Costumes of the Canary Islands stands as a testament to Alfred Diston's multifaceted contributions to documenting and understanding the cultural and natural aspects of the Canary Islands during the 19th century.

Alfred Diston (1793-1861) was a British merchant and writer on a wide variety of subjects who lived in Puerto de la Cruz (former Puerto Orotava), Tenerife, between 1810 and 1861. His illustrated manuscripts, his notebooks, and his watercolors and drawings represent a valuable documentary source to learn about many aspects of the society and the natural environment of Tenerife and the rest of the Canary Islands during the first half of the 19th century.

His relevance to the culture of the Canary Islands lies in the fact that he contributed in many disciplines, especially in those related to the knowledge and study of Canary Islands’ traditional clothing and customs of the time. His major role in the introduction of the Cavendish banana in the Canary Islands was also very significant, and some of its cultivars are known today as “plátano de Canarias” (Canary Islands banana). The expansion of its cultivation throughout the islands and its export to England from 1870 to 1878 had an enormous impact on the economy of the Canary Islands for more than a century until the consolidation of mass tourism.

The plates:

1. Tapadas, or Walking Dress-Canaries.
2. Winter Dress of A Native of Lanzarote.
3. Hat Seller of Grand Canary.
4. Natives of Fuerteventura.
5. Militiaman of Grand Canary.
6. Manto Y Saya. Canaries.

A rare costume work, not found in Colas, Hiler, or Lipperheide.

Abbey, Travel 75; Bobins 93.

Price: $2,450.00

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