Created on the eve of the Spanish conquests: an Aztec divination calendar and invaluable testimony to the language, religion, and culture of Mexico before the Europeans arrived

Codex Borbonicus

Mexico — 16th century (pre–colonial)

Codex Borbonicus

Codex Borbonicus

Mexico — 16th century (pre–colonial)

  1. Created on the eve of the Spanish conquest and still completely free of European influence

  2. Rare Aztec priest's manuscript with priceless pictograms on the language, religion, and culture of Mexico

  3. Includes an aztec fortune telling calendar with some parts still to be deciphered and explored

Codex Borbonicus

Codex Borbonicus – Bibliothèque de l´Assemblée Nationale (Paris, France)
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

The Codex Borbonicus is a copy of a pre-Spanish illuminated manuscript from the early colonial age, which is now lost today. Therefore, this copy represents the only surviving specimen of this invaluable source on pre-Spanish Mexico. The value of the codex as a source of information about the Mexican language is emphasized by the fact that it serves not only as an illuminated manuscript for calendar information, but also as a work that with certainty originated out of the strong influence of the Aztec capital, almost devoid of any European influence.

Codex Borbonicus

The Codex Borbonicus is one of the most interesting documents dealing with pre-Spanish Mexico in the 16th century. The large-format illuminated manuscript delivers information like no other. The fact that it also provides yet-unsolved mysteries makes the manuscript even more interesting. The style of this Aztec illuminated manuscript is from the high valley region of Mexico before and during the Spanish conquest, its style is uncommonly magnificent. In the evaluation of style, one is dependent upon copies from the colonial age, since all other manuscripts were exported and there is no original remaining. Therefore, the Codex Borbonicus is a copy of a pre-Spanish illuminated manuscript from the early colonial age. The value of the Codex as a source of information about the Mexican language is emphasized by the fact that it serves not only as an illuminated manuscript for calendar information, but also as a work that with certainty originated out of the strong influence of the Aztec capital, almost devoid of any European influence.

Codicology

Size / Format
38 colour pages in leporello folding / 39.0 x 40.0 cm
Origin
Mexico
Date
16th century (pre–colonial)

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Borbonicus“

Codex Borbonicus
Codex Borbonicus – Bibliothèque de l´Assemblée Nationale (Paris, France)
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Codex Borbonicus

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1974
Binding
Commentary and facsimile part in book case with leather spine.
Commentary
1 volume (40 pages) by K. A. Nowotny and J. de Durand-Forest
Languages: English, French, Spanish

K. A. Nowotny, Cologne (in German); codicological description by J. de Durand-Forest, Paris (in French); summaries in English, French and Spanish. 40 pp.
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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