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Codex Borgia: A Full-Color Restoration of the Ancient Mexican Manuscript

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Considered by many scholars the finest extant Mexican codex and one of the most important original sources for the study of pre-Columbian religion, the Codex Borgia is a work of profound beauty, filled with strange and evocative images related to calendrical, cosmological, ritual, and divinatory matters. Generally similar to such Mixtec manuscripts as the Codex Nuttall, the Codex Borgia is thought to have its origin (ca. A.D. 1400) in the southern central highlands of Mexico, perhaps in Puebla or Oaxaca. It is most probably a religious document that once belonged to a temple or sacred shrine.

One use of the Codex many have been to divine the future, for it includes ritual 260 day calendars, material on aspects of the planet Venus, and a sort of numerological prognostic of the lives of wedded couples. Another section concerns various regions of the world and the supernatural characters and attributes of those regions. Also described are the characteristics of a number of deities, while still other passages relate to installation ceremonies of rulers in pre-Columbian kingdoms.

Until the publication of this Dover edition, the Codex Borgia has been largely inaccessible to the general public. The priceless original is in the Vatican Library and previous photographic facsimiles are very rare or very expensive or both. Moreover, the original Codex has been damaged over the centuries, resulting in the obscuration and loss of many images. In order to recapture the beauty and grandeur of the original, Gisele Diaz and Alan Rodgers have painstakingly restored the Codex by hand—a seven-year project—employing the most scrupulous research and restoration techniques. The result is 76 large full-color plates of vibrant, striking depictions of gods, kings, warriors, mythical creatures, and mysterious abstract designs—a vivid panorama that offers profound insights into pre-Columbian Mexican myth and ritual. Now students, anthropologists, lovers of fine art and rare books— anyone interested in the art and culture of ancient Mexico—can study the Codex Borgia in this inexpensive, accurate, well-made edition. An informative introduction by noted anthropologist Bruce E. Byland places the Codex in its historical context and helps elucidate its meaning and significance.

Book News Annotation:

An original work by Dover. The codex is in the Vatican Library. Other reproductions are scarce. A very good (9x12") reproduction.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

First republication of remarkable repainting of great Mexican codex, dated to ca. AD 1400. 76 large full-color plates show gods, kings, warriors, mythical creatures, and abstract designs. Introduction.

Synopsis:

First publication of remarkable repainting of outstanding Mexican codex — priceless original is in Vatican Library — thought to have originated in the Cholula area, ca. AD 1400. 76 large full-color plates show an astounding array of gods, kings, warriors, mythical creatures, and abstract designs. A work of rare power and beauty. Introduction.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxi-xxxii).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486275697
Introduction:
Byland, Bruce E.
Byland, Bruce E.:
Rodgers, Alan
Author:
az, Gisele
Author:
Rodgers, Alan
Author:
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Author:
Diaz, Gisele
Author:
Gisele D
Author:
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Author:
iacute
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AZ
Author:
Byland, Bruce E.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Aztecs
Subject:
Time
Subject:
Primitive
Subject:
Calendar, mexican
Subject:
Aztecs -- History.
Subject:
Aztec calendar.
Subject:
Codex Borgianus
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
History - Prehistoric & Primitive
Subject:
Aztec mythology.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
19930631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 1.06 lb

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First republication of remarkable repainting of great Mexican codex, dated to ca. AD 1400. 76 large full-color plates show gods, kings, warriors, mythical creatures, and abstract designs. Introduction.

"Synopsis" by ,
First publication of remarkable repainting of outstanding Mexican codex — priceless original is in Vatican Library — thought to have originated in the Cholula area, ca. AD 1400. 76 large full-color plates show an astounding array of gods, kings, warriors, mythical creatures, and abstract designs. A work of rare power and beauty. Introduction.
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