Codex Vaticanus 3773 (Codex Vaticanus B) Ein altmexikanische Bilderschrift der Vatikanischen Bibliothek Herausgegeben auf Kosten Seiner Excellenz des Herzogs von Loubat, Correspondirenden Mitgiledes des Institut de France

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Author: Seler, Eduard (1849-1922)

Year: 1902

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Place: Berlin


2 volumes in one. [ii]+244 pages with diagrams, illustrations and drawings; title [245]-356 pages with diagrams, illustrations, drawings and index plus 96 pages of the reproduction of the codex. Folio (14 3/4" x 11") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Handbook of Middle American Indians Volume 14 (384). First edition.

Vaticanus B, Codex. Codex Vaticanus. Codice Vaticano Rituale. Codice Fabrega. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome. Ritual-calenderical. Borgia Group. Preconquest. 49 leaves (48 painted pages on each side; initial and terminal pages attached to original wooden covers). 13 x 15 centimeters. (total length about 735 centimeters). The history of the manuscript prior to 1596-1600, the date of a Vatican catalog which describes the number 3773, is unknown. A reference by Mercati (1589) to two Mexican manuscripts in the Vatican refers to Codex Rios (Vaticanus 3738 or A) but may not include Codex Vaticanus B. Like other screen-folds of the Borgia Group, Codex Vaticanus B contains a complex presentation of the tonalpohualli, the 260 day Mesoamerican divinatory calendar. The 28 identifiable sections of manuscript treat specific aspects of the tonalpohualli such as the 5 x 52 and 20 x 13 days and their associated deities as well as various series of gods, world directions, etc. The first partial publication was by Humboldt (1810), the first edition by Kinsborough (1831-48). The screen-fold facsimile in color published by the Duc de Leubat (1896) is accompanied by pamphlets describing the manuscript by Paso y Troncoso and giving its history. Seler, English translation, (1902-1903) gives detailed commentary and annotated line drawings of each page.


Wrappers heavily chipped and beginning to separate at back hinge, some pages archivally reinforced and some chipping to some edges. Provenance of "Library of State" with the their stamp dated 1902 else a good copy of a scarce item.

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