Codice Techialoyan de San Francisco Xonacatlan (Estado de Mexico)

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Author: Codex Techialoyan [Martenez Garcia, Raymundo Cesar]

Year: 2007

Publisher: Gobierno del Estado de Mexico

Place: Mexico


182 pages with photographic reproductions, illustrations, maps, appendixes and bibliography. Folio (16" x 12 3/4") issued in burgundy cloth with title label to spine and front cover. 1st edition.

Techialoyan "codices" have intrigued manuscript collectors since at least the days of Lorenzo Boturnini, an Italian emissary from the Counts of Moctezuma to New Spain in the early eighteenth century. Boturini became fascinated with indigenous pictorial manuscripts, including Techialoyans, and began to acquire as many examples as he could. It was not until the mid-twentieth century that scholars came to realize that these central Mexican Nahuatl language manuscripts painted on native fig-bark paper were not sixteenth-century treasures collectors hoped they would be. There is strong evidence that points to their being late seventeenth century mass-produced efforts to demonstrate not only community territorial claims but the power and influence of central Mexican indigenous settlements as heirs to glorious indigenous heritage. Like mundane Nahuatl documents that were being recorded in pueblos form the 1550s into the late eighteenth century, the roughly fifty Techialoyan manuscripts that are recognized today, utilize the Roman alphabet and European calligraphy, but surprisingly, the avoid the use of European paper, which was standard in Nahuatl writing over most of this period. Teechialoyan authors took unusual pains to write and paint on fig-bark paper, apparently hoping to covey a sense of antiquity and native tradition. Their focus on agricultural lands and monte (undeveloped lands good for pasture, firewood-gathering, and hunting), an on illustrious indigenous leaders of an earlier time, taken together with their timing, suggests their purpose was to ward of encroachments by Spaniards who were increasingly settling in the pueblos of central Mexico and to shore up the waning authority of the native elite.


Some light wear to spine label. Slipcase soiled, damp stained with some rippling of the boards. A very good to fine copy in a good slipcase.

SOLD 2016

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