Codice Azoyu 1, El reino de Tlachinollan

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Author: Sosa, Constanza Vega (1932- )

Year: 1991

Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Economica

Place: Mexico City


2 parts: Part one 139 pages with fold out charts, figures, plates and index. Part two: reproduction of the accordion codex. Square royal octavo (9 3/4" x 9 3/4") issued in a slipcase with pockets for text and codex and pictorial labels to spine and cover. 36 panels in recto and verso in codex. First edition limited to 3000 copies.

In 1940, three ancient codices were accidentally found in the town of Azoyu, Mexico: codice Azoyu 1codice Azoyu 2 and the Lienzo of Tlapa (Toscano 1043). The individual leaves are composed of thin sheets of laminated amatl paper. In either this manuscript or in Codice Azoyu number 2 there is a painting of at least one such internal leaf now covered by overlying lamination. On each of the 38 pages of the obverse are drawings of historical episodes and seven year dates. The total number of years so represented is 266, possibly equivalent to AD 1300-1565 on a correlation that equates 3 Ehecatl, on page 32, the first in which Spaniards appear, with 3 Calli or AD 1521. The year-bearer days used in the dates are one day earlier than those used in the normal or Aztec calendar and the accompanying numbers are 2-14 rather than 1-13. At one end of the reverse side is a genealogy on six pages in the style of the obverse. Five pages at the other extremity of the reverse are in much later and possibly 17th century style and contain a sort of map showing persons and boundaries with explanatory Nahuatl texts. The style of this addition is reminiscent of the additions to Codice de Veinte Mazorcas. The 27 intermediate pages of the reverse are blank. (Handbook of Middle American Indians Volume 14, pages 92-93)


Book plate on front end paper else a very good to fine copy in like slipcase.

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