The Book of The Life of the Ancient Mexicans Containing an Account of Their Rites and Superstitions [&] The Codex Magliabechiano and the Lost Prototype of the Magliabechiano Group

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Author: Nuttall, Zelia Maria Magdalena (1857-1933) and Elizabeth Hill Boone

Year: 1983

Publisher: University of California Press

Place: Berkeley


2 volumes. Ancient Mexicans: xix+92 pages facsimile of the codex first published by the University of California in 1903; Magliabechiano: xiv+250 pages with 28 figures, 20 tables, bibliography and index; Oblong octavo (7" x 9 3/4") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with pictorial to covers and black lettering to spine in original slipcase with blind-stamped sides. First thus.

The Magliabecchiano Codex. The Book of Life of the Ancient Mexicans. Bibliotecta Nazionale Centrale, Florence. MS Magl. XIII-3. Ritual-calendrical and enthnogrpahic. Valley of Mexico. Before c1566. European paper codex. 92 leaves. Native drawings facing Spanish texts illustrative of festival designs on blankest, day signs, year signs and long section on movable ceremonies, gods and mortuary, sacrificial, versions of this material in related manuscripts. There are three major editions. Nuttall (1903) and Codex Magliabecchiano (1904) are by color lithography. That by Nuttall omits preliminary and blank leaves, repetitious year signs, and one text considered unfit for publication. Both are superseded by Anders (1970), by color photography with detailed description and introduction. There is no published transcript or translations of the texts. (Handbook of Middle American Indians 188). In this set Elizabeth Boone provides the text to this edition, using the facsimile reprint of the original Nuttal work.


A near fine set in like slipcase.

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