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Lake and province of Maracaibo

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Lake and province of Maracaibo
  • Description

    Manuscript; Reports to the King concerning the Lake and province of Maracaibo, Zulia; illustrated with maps and drawings of animals, plants, fruit and weapons. Written and painted on European paper.

  • Ethnic name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1676
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 centimetres
    • Width: 21.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • 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

    The pages are numbered in pencil starting at page 2 and ending at page 16. Only the front of pages are numbered, at the end of the description, I have given the page number as verso or recto. The following pages are blank: pages 1 verso and recto, page 7 verso and page 8 verso.

    Until 1996, the codex manuscript was bound with several other historical documents relating to Latin America.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • 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’.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Add. Ms. 13964


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