Week 7

El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno





Scenes from Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala's 1200 page long account of the lives and history of the Indians in the Andes, El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno (The first new chronicle and good government). The text, and its c. 400 pen drawings, is known only from this one manuscript, produced in 1613-15 and addressed as a memorandum to Philip III of Spain. The Indians' important nutritional source, the potato, is dug up and carried home.
The Manuscript Department, Gl. kongelige Samling 2232, kvarto. The whole work is published on the internet together with further information