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Gomez de Cervantes’ Memorial and the Anonymous Pictorial Manuscript / Memorial de Don Gonçalo Gomez de Cervantes del modo de vivir que tienen los indos, y del beneficio de las minas de la plata, y de la cochinella. / Relación de [lo] que toca la Grana Cochinilla

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am2006,Drg.210

  • Title (object)

    • Gomez de Cervantes’ Memorial and the Anonymous Pictorial Manuscript
    • Memorial de Don Gonçalo Gomez de Cervantes del modo de vivir que tienen los indos, y del beneficio de las minas de la plata, y de la cochinella.
    • Relación de [lo] que toca la Grana Cochinilla
  • Description

    Codex; contains two parts; one being the text in Spanish language, the other a pictorial section. Consisting of seventy-six leaves with thirteen drawings, of which twelve show the cultivation of nopal cactus and one of various animals. Written and painted on European paper.

  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.5 centimetres
    • Width: 25.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        annotation
      • Inscription Comment

        Front of pages are numbered in pencil, no numbering on back, pages are therefore refer to as verso and recto.
  • Curator's comments

    Gómez de Cervantes was asked by the Spanish authority to compile a report on New Spain. His work is titled ‘Memorial de Gonzalo Gomez de Cervantes para el Doctor Eugenio Salazar, oidor del Real consejo de las Indias’. It is a complex work of much interest in which the pictorial part is incorporated and discussed.

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  • Bibliography

    • Berger 1998 bibliographic details
    • Matos Moctezuma 2002 357 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    good

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1843

  • Acquisition notes

    Early history of the manuscript is not well known. It was sold by Evans at Renouard’s sale of 1834, bought by Richards and sold by him to Lord Kingsborough. It was purchased by the bookseller Rodd at the Kingsborough sale of 1843, and sold the the British Museum on 11th March 1843 together with other books and manuscripts known as ‘Papeles varios de Indias XVIII, sec. vol. I, BM press CLIID’.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am2006,Drg.210

  • Additional IDs

    • Add. Ms. 13964

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