Codex Chimalpahin to return to Mexico

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City is celebrating the return of the Codex Chimalpahin, a three-volume, hand-written, indigenous account vividly documenting the history of Aztec Mexico in Pre-Hispanic and 16th Century New Spain. Dan Colen of Art Daily has a feature story (photo)

The manuscript was returned to Mexico by a private donor with the cooperation of Christie's auction house, and will be displayed at the museum until January 15, 2015.

From the article:

The manuscripts contain largely unpublished, original indigenous accounts written in the hands of two of the great figures of the time – Chimalpahin Cuauhtlehuanitzin (also known as “runs Swiftly with a Shield / Rises Like an Eagle”) and Fernando de Alva Ixtlixochitl – concerning native life, society and politics in pre-Hispanic and 16th century New Spain. Written in Nahuatl (Aztec) and Spanish, they were part of the famed library of Don Carlos Sigüenza y Góngora, historian, poet and cartographer and one of the first great intellectuals born in the Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain.