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Title Beschreibung der Ueberreste Aztekischer Niederlassungen auf ihrer Wanderung nach dem Thale von Mexico durch den gegenwärtigen Freistaat von Zacatecas [manuscript]
Author Berghes, Carl de (1792-1869)
Date
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Berghes’ ms., written in Münsterpumpe bei Stolberg, Germany, in 1855 (although some of the drawings are dated 1832 and 1834), describes the ruins of the settlements left by the Aztecs in their wanderings in the valley of Mexico (now the state of Zacatecas), from the legendary Aztlán to Tenochtitlán between 1116 and 1325. Accompanying his descriptions and historical background are 21 plates of maps, site and floor plans, and finely-detailled drawings in pen-and-ink and watercolor of the buildings, pyramids, terrain, and carved figures found in the ruins at La Quemada. With his discussion of the Sombrerete ruins are a map of the site and sketches of the surrounding Cerro de los Bueyes. He also includes drawings of the mountains in Tula, as well as an Aztec calendar wheel and several portraits of Indians from Zacatecas. Finally, there is a copy of the Códice Boturini, a pictorial history of the Aztec migration, copied by Berghes in 1832 from the original maguey ms. in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, with Berghes’ ms. notes added in German.
Names Códice Boturini
Places Münsterpumpe bei Stolberg, Germany; Zacatecas, Códice Boturini, Quemada, Sombrerete, Mexico
Keywords personal account, observation, travel, travelogue, discovery, history, art, custom
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language German
Additional Information

FULL TITLE: Beschreibung der Ueberreste Aztekischer Niederlassungen auf ihrer Wanderung nach dem Thale von Mexico durch den gegenwärtigen Freistaat von Zacatecas [manuscript]: nach örtlichen Forschungen und Vermessungen zusammengestellt und durch das in Aztekischer Bilderschrift in Museum zu Mexico vorhandene Manuscript erläutert / von Carl de Berghes.

Newberry: Spine title: Alte-Thümer von Mexico.

Ms. edited by Hanns J. Prem and published as Beschreibung der Ueberreste Aztekischer Niederlassunger auf ihrer Wanderung nach dem Thale von Mexico durch den gegenwärtigen Freistaat von Zacatecas / Carl de Berghes. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 1990.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1045
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue