Historia de Mexico [with] the Tovar calendar, ca. 1830
Nineteenth century transcript, in two parts, of Juan de Tovar's Historia de la benida de los yndios apoblar a Mexico (the Códice Tovar). The work was possibly based on a history of the Aztecs by the Domincan Diego Durán and contains an exchange of correspondence between Tovar and the Jesuit father Jose de Acosta concerning the composition of the manuscript; detailed information about the rites and ceremonies of the Aztecs; painted illustrations of Mexican scenes, Indian dances, etc.; and an elaborate comparison of the Aztec year with the Christian calendar. The original illustrations were by Aztec draftsmen. Part I: Historia de Mexico by Tovar, 6 copy books, nos. 2-7 of a series, ca. 266 text pp., copies from fols. 9-81. Transcribed by Elizabeth, Lady Phillipps, ca. 1862, from the original (ca. 1585) in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps. AMs, pen and ink on lined paper. Bound in one. 8 5/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. Part II: Mid-19th C. illus (mss.) copy of the Tovar calendar (ca. 1585). Ink and watercolor on paper, captioned. Folio, stitched. 51 figures; images 1-8: 6 5/8 in. x 9 5/8 in.; images 15-51: 7 in. x 10 1/8 in.