Codice de Xicotepec: Estudio e Interpretacion

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Author: Stresser-Pean, Guy (1913-2009)

Year: 1995

Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Economica

Place: Mexico City


2 parts. Text: 209 pages with maps, illustrations, plates, bibliography and indices. Square folio (12" x 12") text bound in original publisher's wrappers; codex foldout accordion paper in quarter bound brown leather lettered in gilt over beige boards. Limited first edition of which this is number l775.

Codex of Xochitepec. Ordaz and Mixixcatzin Papers (part). Nationalbibliotek, Vienna. Ex-Bilimek collection. Economic (tribute and property plans). Tepexoxuma, Puebla (?), 16th Century (?). Native paper. 2 separate documents glued together. 96 x 81 centimeters. The left half of the manuscript has crudely drawn depictions of 16 Indians seated on icpallis, plots of land, turkeys with numerical signs, and other details. One of three Spanish glosses, apparently referring to tribute, is signed by Fray Alonso de Santiago. The right half, in a different style, is a plan of fields and includes over 50 personal name glyphs identifying as many heads. An old copy of the document, in two parts, with added details that include the names Juan Dias and Don Diego de Ordas and Tepe(o?)xuma, is in the Garcia Icazbalceta collection of the University of Texas. These form part of the Ordaz and Matxixcatzin Papers of the same collection, late documents in Spanish treat with the origin and descent of various family names. Genealogical trees of the Ordaz family and Dona Maria Maxixcatzin that are among these papers and in the same style and not in the native tradition. A Copy of the Vienna document, owned by Echaniz and lacking only the glosses, was published and described by Barlow and given it present and probably unjustified title. Following an unpublished description by Ramon Mena, Barlow assigned the document to Xochitepec, Morelos. On the basis of its association with the University of Texas document, it has tentatively been assigned to Tepexoxuma, Puebla.


Text and codex near fine. Slipcase stained, with heavy rubbing to spine and hinges and would be considered about very good.

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