Written by the Mercedarian friar Martín de Murúa, the Historia general del Piru (1616) is one of only three extant illustrated manuscripts on the history of Inca and early colonial Peru. This immensely important Andean manuscript is here made available in facsimile, its beautifully calligraphed text reproduced in halftone and its thirty-eight hand-colored images—mostly portraits of Inca kings and queens—in color.
About the Authors
Gail Feigenbaum is associate director at the Getty Research Institute.
Thomas Kren is senior curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.