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Selections from USC's Collection of Pre-Columbian and Post-Contact Codices
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Call Number: Boeckmann F1219.A672 1831 v.1-v.3 only
Complete title: Antiquities of Mexico : comprising fac-similes of ancient Mexican paintings and hieroglyphics, preserved in the Royal Libraries of Paris, Berlin, and Dresden; in the Imperial Library of Vienna, in the Vatican Library, in the Borgian Museum at Rome, in the Library of the Institute at Bologna, and in the Bodleian Library at Oxford / by Lord Kingsborough ; the drawings, on stone, by A. Aglio. Together with the Monuments of New Spain / by M. Dupaix ; with their respective scales of measurement and accompanying descriptions
Call Number: Boeckmann f1219.56.C38C63 1995 v.1 and v.2
Facsimile of a Nahuatl (Aztec) manuscript housed in the National Library of France. mid- to late-sixteenth century. It is the history of the Mexica, rulers of the Aztec Empire, from migration from Aztlan to the Spanish conquest and Christianization efforts. Commentaries in French and Spanish.
Facsimile of a major Aztec manuscript ca. 1562. In 1778 it was discovered in the Escorial Library outside Madrid and it is now housed in a library in Paris, France. It consists of four separate sections --an almanac of 260 days for predicting the future, a calendar of holidays during a year with 18 months with 20 days each. Spanish gloses were added later.
Vol. 1 is a facsim. of the original Codex Borgianus which consists of 1 sheet (76 p.) 29 x 1030 cm. folded to 29 x 27 cm.
Vol. 2 (394 p. ; 23 cm.) has special title: Los templos del cielo y de la oscuridad : oráculos y liturgia : libro explicativo del llamado Códice Borgia / introducción y explicación, Ferdinand Anders, Maarten Jansen, Luis Reyes García.
The unbound commentary volume has special title: La gran familia de los reyes mixtecos : libro explicativo de los códices llamados Egerton y Becker II : 2895 British Museum. The full-col. facsims. are, like the originals, folded accordion style to form quasi-leaves; the 16 unnumbered leaves of the Egerton ms. facsim. are printed on both sides; the one-side facsim. of Codex Becker II has 4 leaves numbered as p. 1-4.
The full-col. facsim. is, like the original, folded accordion-style to form 23 quasi-leaves; the facsim. carries on its added border the modern pagination 1-22 on one side and 23-44 on the other in the reverse direction, omitting blank versos of pp. 1 and 23. The unbound commentary volume has t.p.: El libro de Tezcatlipoca, señor del tiempo : libro explicativo del llamado Códice Fejérváry-Mayer, M 12014, Free Public Museum, Liverpool, England.
The contents of the reproduced codex, pictorial throughout, may be viewed, wholly or in part, as pictographic writing expressing Aztec (Nahuatl) concepts; the interpretive commentary is in Spanish (it includes also some thematically related texts in modern Mixtec with Spanish translation). The full-col. facsim. is, like the original, folded accordion-style to form 24 quasi-leaves; the facsim. carries on its added border the modern pagination 1(24)-24(1) on one side and 25(46)-46(25) on the other in the reverse direction, omitting blank versos of pp. 1(24) and 24(1). The unbound commentary volume has t.p.: La pintura de la muerte y de los destinos : libro explicativo del llamado Códice Laud, Misc. 678, Bodleian Library, Oxford, England.
Call Number: Special Collections F1219.56.C625C64 1992 v.1-4
Facsimile of Nahuatl manuscript from the 16 th. century, in the Boedlian Library, Oxford, England. Vol. 1 contains revised versions of six papers originally presented at a symposium organized at the International Congress of Americanists held in Manchester, England.
See also another facsimile edition in Boeckmann entitled "Codice Mendocino."
Cronica Mexicana was written by Hernando Alvarado Tezozomoc ca. 1598; annotated by Manuel Orozco y Berra. Included also is the Códice Ramírez, a 16th. century manuscript, entitled "Relación del origen de los indios que habitan esta Nueva España según sus historias."
Facsimile of a pre-Hispanic Mixtec manuscript from the current state of Oaxaca, also know as the Codex Nuttall. Unlike other codices the hieroglyphics cover both sides of the manuscript. It os one of three codices that relate to the geneaology, marriages and military deeds of Ocho Venado and related historical figures. After the conquest of the Mixtec by the Spanish, it was sent to Spain about 1522 and in 1912 it was acquired by the British Library.
Call Number: Boeckmann F3429.M893 2004 v.1 and v.2
Facsimile of the post-conquest manuscript entitled Royal history and geneaology of the Inca Kings of Peru but known as the Codice Murua or Galvan. The Inca Empire, largest in pre-Columbian America, thrived from about 1438 to 1533. The earliest date mentioned in the manuscript is 1590, with material up to the early 17th century. Some of the images are purported to be in the stuyle of Guaman Poma, the noted Indian chronicler. The original is owned by a private collector.
Commentary vol. has title: Religión costumbres e historia de los antiguos mexicanos : libro explicativo del llamado Códice Vaticano A, Codex Vatic. Lat. 3738 de la Biblioteca Apostólica Vaticana. Each leaf of the col. facsim. is folded, like the original; most bear modern numbering 1r-100v on added border. Size of the original is 30.3 x 20.3 cm. Language: The manuscript reproduced consists of both pictorgraphic writing and Italian-language text; the accompanying vol. is in Spanish.
Facsimile of a Mixtec (Oaxaca) manuscript dated ca. 1556, located in the Bodleian Library at Oxfor University which acquired it from the estate of John Selden (d. 1654). It gives the biography of Lady 6 Monkeys, the rival of Lord 8 Dear (Ocho Venado) in the Cronica Mixteca, aka the Codex Nutall. It was first published in facsimile by Oxford student Lord Kingsborough in 1831
Facsimile of a lost manuscript, originally painted on a large screen or "lienzo" ca. 1585. It tells the history of Tlaxcala and its people who flourished from the 14th -15th centuries. In 1520 Cortes founded the colonial city by the same name. The manuscript shows the Tlaxcalans joining the Spanish to defeat the Aztecs. Captions on the "lienzo" are in Spanish and Nahuatl.
The facsim. reproduces two Mixtec texts in pictorial script: the pre-Colombian work on the history of Mixtec rulers Ndesa nikandukoo taka ñuu taka teyu Ñuu Sau (p. 1-52); and a genealogy of the Tilantongo dynasty (p. I-XIII); commentary volume includes transliteration and translation of both texts.