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The First New Chronicle and Good Government: On the History of the World and the Incas Up to 1615

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One of the most fascinating books on pre-Columbian and early colonial Peru was written by a Peruvian Indian named Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. This book, The First New Chronicle and Good Government, covers pre-Inca times, various aspects of Inca culture, the Spanish conquest, and colonial times up to around 1615 when the manuscript was finished. Now housed in the Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark, and viewable online at, the original manuscript has 1,189 pages accompanied by 398 full-page drawings that constitute the most accurate graphic depiction of Inca and colonial Peruvian material culture ever done.

Working from the original manuscript and consulting with fellow Quechua- and Spanish-language experts, Roland Hamilton here provides the most complete and authoritative English translation of approximately the first third of The First New Chronicle and Good Government. The sections included in this volume (pages 1-369 of the manuscript) cover the history of Peru from the earliest times and the lives of each of the Inca rulers and their wives, as well as a wealth of information about ordinances, age grades, the calendar, idols, sorcerers, burials, punishments, jails, songs, palaces, roads, storage houses, and government officials. One hundred forty-six of Guaman Poma's detailed illustrations amplify the text.

ISBN-13: 9781477323410

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Publication Date: 04-13-2021

Pages: 390

Product Dimensions: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.87d

Series: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Latin American and Latino Art and Culture

Roland Hamilton earned a Ph.D. in romance philology from the University of Madrid in 1973. He taught in the Department of Foreign Languages at San José State University for over thirty years before retiring. An authority on Peruvian culture centering on the Incas, he has also translated and edited History of the Inca Empire and Inca Religion and Customs by Father Bernabé Cobo and Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos. He lives in Los Gatos, California.