Senor Juan de Vega. The Spanish Minstrel of 1828-9.A Character assumed by an English Gentleman, under which he travelled during ten months in Great Britain & Ireland.
Published, June, 1830, by J. Dickinson, 114, New Bond Street. Printed by C. Hullmandel.
Very rare lithograph, frontispiece?, on india paper, sheet 225 x 140mm. 9 x 5½". Small tear to lower right edge.
Charles Stuart Cochrane (1796 - 1840) in the costume of a Spanish musician, with cape and strumming a guitar. Cochrane spent his youth and early career in the Royal Navy. Between March 1823 and June 1824, he was in Gran Colombia during the final months of Simon Bolivar's struggle for independence from Spain, and wrote a book about his travels - Journal of a Residence and Travels in Colombia. Between August 1828 and June 1829, he disguised himself as a Spanish exile, and made a tour of Britain, which he recorded in detail in a two-volume 'Journal of a tour made by sen~or Juan de Vega ... through Great Britain and Ireland' (London, 1830). In 1830 he took out a patent in France on a machine for spinning Cashmere, a wool new to the western world. In Glasgow he built a mill for his machines to meet the demand in spun Tibetan goats beard.
See Bodleian Library 30.793.
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