Codex Telleriano-Remensis: Ritual, Divination, and History in a Pictorial Aztec Manuscript

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Author: Quinones Keber, Eloise

Year: 1995

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Place: Austin


xv+365 pages with figures, illustrations, appendix, bibliography and index and reproduced color codex. Folio (13 1/4" x 10 1/4") bound in original publisher's black cloth with red gilt lettering to spine and cover in original jacket. Foreword by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, illustrations by Michel Besson. (Handbook of Middle American Indians Volume 14: 308) First edition.

Codex Telleriano-Remensis. Codex Terllerianus. Codice le Tellier. BNP 385. Ex-Le Tellier collection. Ritual-calendrical and historical. Valley of Mexico. c1562-63. European paper. 50 leaves. 32 x 22 centimeters. In 1990 a color microfilm was made of the Telleriano-Remensis in the possession of the Bibliotheque Nationale. The fifty pages of ivory-colored paper, whose watermarks indicate that it was manufactured in Genoa, could no longer tolerate the contact of hands. Its deep colors could no longer endure being exposed to daylight without fading away. The Codex's origins are unfortunately unknown. Finished by 1563, the lat date found in the ?tonalamatl, which constitutes one of its three parts, was probably commissioned to illuminate Aztec civilization. We know that it was in the seventeenth century collection of French bibliophile Charles-Maurice Le Tellier, archbishop and duke of Reims. He gave his had written collection to the king and in 1701 the documents were transferred to Paris and later deposited in the Bibliotheque Nationale. The Codex is a composite manuscript that incorporates three distinct sections that were based on different types of prehispanic manuscripts. The first section is a calendar of the eighteen twenty day ceremonies of te solar or seasonal year. The second section is a handbook used by diviners to arrive at their prognostications. It consists of depictions of deities and other supernatural force that influenced the fates of the twenty thirteen-day divinatory periods. The third section is a pictorial chronicle that spans over three and half centuries of Aztec history in three subsections. It begins with a legendary migration account, continues into a dynastic era marked by the reigns of nine prehispanic Aztec rulers, and concludes with four decades of Spanish domination during the early colonial period.


A near fine copy in like jacket.

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