Codex Magliabechiano

Codex Magliabechiano Facsimile Edition

Mexico — Mid 16th century

Furnished with an early Spanish commentary: the ceremonial clothing and rituals of Mexico's indigenous people

  1. An important source on the ceremonial dress and rituals of the indigenous population of Mexico

  2. Patterns of ceremonial dress, alcoholic beverages, mountains, rain, and the gods of the dead are detailed

  3. A detailed Spanish commentary adds even more value to this mid-16th century document

Codex Magliabechiano

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Codex Magliabechiano

Documents from the early days of Spanish colonization not only provide valuable information about cultures that were quickly going extinct, but also about the perspective of the conquerors. The Codex Magliabechiano is just such a manuscript and is an important source on the ceremonial dress and rituals of the indigenous population of Mexico. It features elaborate illustrations with topics as diverse as coats, gods, and alcoholic drinks.

Codex Magliabechiano

The Codex Magliabechiano comes to us from the library of Antonio de Marco Magliabechi and is one of a number of post-Columbian Mexican illuminated manuscripts from around the middle of the 16th century. A calendar of religious knowledge is shown in the characteristic broken style of the early colonial age and is painted on European paper. The precious value of this manuscript comes from the inclusion of a detailed Spanish commentary. The patterns of ceremonial coats are illustrated and followed by a depiction of the 20 symbols of days and a calendar cycle of 52 years. Included in this are a series of monthly celebrations. Pulque (an alcoholic drink from the maguey plant) and the gods of the dead, mountains, and rain are all elaborately illustrated; as well as ritual celebrations of the dead and healing of the sick. Finally worth mentioning is the presentation of the four divinities whose costumes formed a part of a Mexican gift to Cortes in 1519.


Alternative Titles
Codice Magliabechiano
Manuscript Magliabechiano
Book of the Life of the Ancient Mexicans Containing an Account of Their Rites and Superstitions
Size / Format
186 pages / 21.5 × 15.5 cm
Mid 16th century
Cursive Gothic Textura Rotunda
99 miniatures
Ceremonial dress and rituals of the indigenous population of Mexico
Previous Owners
Antonio de Marco Magliabechi (1633–1714)

Available facsimile editions:
Codex Magliabechiano – Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (Florence, Italy) Facsimile Edition
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1970
Facsimile Editions

#1 Codex Magliabechiano

Binding: Folding book in half leather case with commentary
Commentary: 1 volume (78 pages) by Ferdinand Anders
Languages: English, German, Spanish

Introduction (in German), summaries (in English and Spanish)
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.
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