Book Reviews and Notes
The Harkness Collection in the Library of Congress. Documents
from Early Peru: The Pizarros and the Almagros, 1531-
1578. Edited, translated, and annotated by Stella R.
Clemence. Preface by J. F. Jameson and Stella R. Clem-
ence. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1936.
Pp. xi, 253.)
This volume is the second in a series of publications being made
by the Library of Congress from the magnificent collection of
manuscripts relating to the early history of the Spaniards in Mexico
and Peru which was presented to that library by Mr. Edward S.
Harkness in 1929. The first volume, . .. Calendar of Spanish
Manuscripts Concerning Peru, 1531-1651, was reviewed by this
writer in the July, 1933, number of this journal. Following the
publication of the first volume the next stage was "naturally the
issue of some portion of the documents in full text; and for this
purpose it is [was] natural to choose those which relate to the
prime figures in the conquest of Peru and its early Spanish
history." In carrying out this decision, Miss Clemence has pub-
lished in this volume both the Spanish texts and the English
translations of manuscripts in the Peruvian section of the Hark-
ness Collection which "relate directly to the Adelantado Francisco
Pizarro and his [four] brothers and to the Almagros, father
A total of forty-eight documents, or groups of closely related
documents, are published and translated. They begin in the
year 1531 with the conquest of the Indian town of Coaque.
The first twelve documents, some of them with accompanying
legal instruments, and totalling thirty-two printed pages, cover
the years 1531-1535, inclusive. Practically all of these are in
the nature of legal instruments which recognize financial obliga-
tions-two of these for the purchase of Indian slave women-or
grant powers of attorney; bills of sale; and contractual agree-
ments. In one short document of August 29, 1534 (pp. 18-19),
reference is made to Fray Marcos de Niza, well-known explorer a
few years later of northwestern Mexico, Arizona, and New Mexico,
as commissary of a Franciscan custodia in Peru.
The great majority of the documents, or groups of documents,
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