The culture of ancient Mexico is vividly documented: cosmology, mythology, and ethnography in a rare Italian manuscript

Codex Vaticanus A (3738)

Mexico - Middle America — Around 1580

Codex Vaticanus A (3738)

Codex Vaticanus A (3738)

Mexico - Middle America — Around 1580

  1. A rarity: this manuscript documenting indigenous Mexican culture was written in Italian

  2. The text on cosmology, mythology, and ethnography is from the hand of the Dominican Pedro de los Rios

  3. As a draft of the final work, the manuscript is full of notes and information that is invaluable for researchers

Codex Vaticanus A (3738)

Alternative Titles:
  • Codice Vaticano A
  • Codex Ríos
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The Spanish brought manuscript production with them to the "New World" and the handwritten accounts of the explorers, administrators, and priests there were valuable sources of information. Codex Vaticanus A (3738) is divided into cosmological, mythological, and ethnographical sections but has a uniformity that is likely the result of it originating from the hand of one author, the Dominican Pedro de los Rios. It is actually the rough draft of another manuscript and as such is even more valuable because it offers insight into the drafting of the document and the mind of the author.

Codex Vaticanus A (3738)

This manuscript was created between 1570 and 1589, either in the highlands of Mexico or it may have already existed in Italy, similar to the case of the Paris Codex Telleriano Remensis; a copy of a joint original draft which Robert H. Barlow named the “Codex Huitzilopochtli”. While the Codex Telleriano Remensis clearly is written by several writers, the Codex Vaticanus 3738 contains only one style, however divided into cosmological, mythological, and ethnographical sections. The hypothetically collected manuscript served as a draft for the final work and it is this fact without a doubt which accounts for the great value of this manuscript. The seemingly well-known author, the Dominican Pedro de los Rios (who the Codex Rios is named after) is responsible for the Italian text from the original 101 folio European papers of the comprehensive manuscript Vaticanus A.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Codice Vaticano A
Codex Ríos
Size / Format
206 pages / 48.5 x 37.0 cm
Date
Around 1580
Language
Artist / School

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Codex Vaticanus A (3738)“

Codex Vaticanus A (3738)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
Codex Vaticanus A (3738) – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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Codex Vaticanus A (3738)

1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Color facsimile, reproduced to 7/10s of the original size.
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1979
Binding
Half leather binding.
Commentary
1 volume

Introduction: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt. 14 pp. and 192 plates.
More Information
In order to reduce costs the reproduced facsimile had to be reduced in size from that of the original manuscript format ( ca. 46.5 x 29.5 – folios are not all the same size) and therefore because the facsimile is not in accordance to the original down to the smallest detail, it cannot by definition, serve as a pre-Columbian document.
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