The Titles of Ebtun

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Author: Roys, Ralph Loveland (1879-1965)

Year: 1939

Publisher: Carnegie Institution of Washington

Place: Washington, DC


xvii+472+3 maps (2 folding), 12 plates, figures and index. Quarto (11 1//2" x 9") issued in wrappers. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 505. First edition.

In the archives of Ebtun, and Indian village near Valladolid in Eastern Yucatan, there is a large collection of papers which, together with related documents from other sources, cover practically the entire colonial period and the first decade of the independence of Yucatan. These are the only native Yucatecan archives available for study, which cover a large part of the colonial period. In these documents we are able to trace the manner in which native communities adapted themselves to the conditions imposed by their Spanish conquerors and establish a correlation between the mode of life related by the sixteenth-century Spanish writers and that described in the modern ethnological studies of the region. The Ebtun archives were discovered about 1917 by William Gates, who named them the Titulos de Ebutn. Securing the loan of the collection from the town authorities, and before returning it to Ebtun, where it is to be found at the present time, he photographed and mounted the documents and had them bound. Photographs of the collection were acquired by C P Bowditch, who presented them to the Peabody Museum of Harvard. The first ntice of these documents was published by A M Tozzer in A Maya Grammar in 1921. In the present work the Ebtun papers have been supplemented by a copy of the native map of Sotuta at Tulane University and a collection of documents known as documentos de Tierras de Sotuta. The latter is found in the Codex Perez in Yucatan, where S G Morley secured photographs of this manuscript.


Spine stained, corners bumped with rubbing to extremities, previous owner's name on front wrapper verso else a very good copy.

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