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Object: Gomez de Cervantes’ Memorial and the Anonymous Pictorial Manuscript
Object: 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.
Object: Relación de [lo] que toca la Grana Cochinilla
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.
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Height: 30.50 centimetres
Width: 25.40 centimetres
- 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.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 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’.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add. Ms. 13964