Titulos de los señores del Reino del Quichè : manuscript, [1501-1781?].

Manuscript, Book
  • Mayan languages
  • K'iche'
  • Spanish
1 v. (39 leaves) : paper ; 32 x 23 cm.


Former owner
Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
Contained in
Robert Garrett collection, ca. 1340 B.C.-1900s.
Linking notes
Forms part of the Robert Garrett Collection (C0744).
Summary note
Consists of a document in K'iche' "Titulo Real de don Francisco Izquin ultimo Ahpop alel, o Rey de Quiché," (11 leaves), dated Nov. 22, 1588 and signed by the Last King of the Quichés and the eight other princes. There is a narrative account (fols. 15-22) of the events of the first conquest of the highlands by the Quiché ancestors in the year [1300], dated May 7, 1524 and signed by hieroglyphs with names of seven K'iche' princesses, three of the Spanish conquerors, including Pedro de Alvarado "Ande mi con Pedro Alvarado Jues Capitan Español Conquistador," and also the four friars accompanying the expedition. Also includes several official documents dating from 1587-ca. 1781 from Xelahuh, now Quetzaltenango.
  • The vellum wrapper has at least 3 titles. The first title, 16th c. "Varios papeles de la [ ] henango[?]"; the second title, 17th c.? "Incompletos y podridos"; and the third, stamped in ink, 19th c. "Titulo de reyes de Guatemala en Quiche."
  • A complete transcription of this manuscript has been published MATSUMOTO, MALLORY. LAND, POLITICS, AND MEMORY IN FIVE NIJAIB KICHE TTULOS the title and proof of our ancestors. S.l.: UNIV PR OF COLORADO, 2017.
Binding note
Original limp vellum.
Language note
Texts in K'iche' and Spanish.
The documents are housed in the original limp vellum wrapper of the Archives, inscribed: "Titulo de reyes de Guatemala en Quiche," and presented by the keeper of the Archives in 1856 to Brasseur de Bourbourg. Also contains the bookplates of Brasseur de Bourbourg and Alphonse L. Pinart with his shelfmark "E.4/53"; later acquired by William E. 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
"Titulo Real de don Francisco Izquin ultimo Ahpop alel, o Rey de Quiché," is printed in Adrián Recinos, Crónicas Indígenas de Guatemala (Editorial Universitaria, Guatemala City, 1957).
Cite as
Garrett-Gates Mesoamerican Manuscripts, no. 101, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Cover title
  • Titulo de reyes de Guatemala en Quiche
  • Varios papeles de la [ ] henango
  • Incompletos y podridos
Robert Garrett Collection, ca. 1340 B.C.-1900s
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