Codex Laud

Codex Laud Facsimile Edition


Of priceless historical value: detailed depictions of the exotic gods of the Aztec empire

  1. This Pre-Columbian manuscript is priceless due to its cultural-historical and anthropological value

  2. The manuscript is named after a previous owner, the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud (d. 1645)

  3. All the most important gods of the Aztec-Toltec pantheon are depicted in detail

Codex Laud

  1. Description
  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Codex Laud

The Codex Laud is a fantastic testimony to the religion of the ancient Aztecs and depicts their pantheon of gods. It is one of only a handful of such texts and as such is priceless for its cultural-historical and anthropological value.

Codex Laud

The Codex Laud is named after its last owner, the archbishop of Canterbury; Willian Laud (died 1645). Undoubtedly, it can be classified as a pre-Columbian manuscript with all the featured gods belonging to the Aztec-Toltec Pantheon. In format, page number, coloring and style, the Codex Laud is similar to 2 other illuminated manuscripts; the Codex Fejervary-Mayer and the Codex Cospi. The only other is the Codex Borgia, however it is twice the size. A connection between these codices and Mixtecan codices should however, not be drawn due to the fact that the gods represented in the aforementioned codices are not Mixtecan.


Size / Format
48 pages / 16.5 × 15.5 cm
48 full-page miniatures
Sacred Aztec calendar
Previous Owners
Willian Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury (1573 – 1645)

Available facsimile editions:
Codex Laud – Ms. Laud Misc. 678 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom) Facsimile Edition
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1966
Facsimile Editions

#1 Codex Laud

Binding: Folding book in half leather case with commentary
Commentary: 1 volume (42 pages) by Cottie A. Burland
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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.
Price Category: € (under 1,000€)
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