Probanca executorio : manuscript, [between 1600 and 1650].

Manuscript, Book
Mayan languages
1 v. (25 leaves) : paper ; 22 x 14.5 cm.


Former owner
Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
Contained in
Robert Garrett collection, ca. 1340 B.C.-1900s.
[between 1600 and 1650].
Linking notes
Forms part of the Robert Garrett Collection (C0744).
Summary note
A fragmentary account of the Spanish Conquest, probably drawn from the point of view of the Kavek lineage (perhaps of the Qoyoy sub-lineage). In language it is closer to the Popol Vuh. The manuscript includes drawings of the post-conquest second and third palaces of the Quiché kings. There are lists of the several Quiché towns and of the caciques of these towns in the late 16th century. Also mentioned are the Mam-speaking groups of the Quetzaltenango area conquered by the Quiché and an account of the conquest by Pedro de Alvarado, with reference to Capitan decum ahau.
Decoration: 3 pen drawings.
Binding note
Vellum wrapper; lined with a manuscript fragment, probably written in a contemporary hand.
Language note
Text in K'ich'e.
Previously owned by William Gates; sold to Robert Garrett (purchased from William Gates in 1930); deposited by Garrett at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 1942; removed from the Institute in 1949, at Garrett's request, and donated to the Princeton University Library.
Source acquisition
Gift; Robert Garrett; 1949.
Publications about
  • Carrasco, Pedro. "Don Juan Cortes, cacique de Santa Crus Quiché." in Estudios de Cultura Maya. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, v. 6, p. 251-266.
  • Crónicas indígenas de Guatemala / Adrián Recinos. Guatemala : Editorial Universitaria, 1957.
  • Edmondson, M. S. "Historia de la Tierras Altas mayas, segun los documentos indigenas." from a conference on "The Cultural Development of the Maya," titled Desarrollo cultural de los Mayas / editado por Evon Z. Vogt y Alberto Ruz L. México : Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras : Seminario de Cultura Maya (1964), p. 225-278.
Cite as
Garrett-Gates Mesoamerican Manuscripts, no. 103, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Other title(s)
Title of the Qoyoy lineage
Robert Garrett Collection, ca. 1340 B.C.-1900s
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