Mesoamerican Culture, History, and Religion


Codices are traditional Mesoamerican books. The Aztecs would paint beautiful constellations of pictorial glyphs on sheets of amatl paper. Instead of rolling up the paper like a European-type scroll, they would be folded accordion-style. These books were created by priests and scribes who were skilled in the arts, and they preserved a great body of learning in their pages. Unfortunately, only a handful of books survived the destruction of the Conquest, and their translation is still a work in progress. FAMSI has commentary (none in English, sadly) on many of these books, which you can reach from the main index for Aztec codices at FAMSI below. Codices hosted by other sites may have commentary, which will be noted below as appropriate.

Index Of Codices

Main Index For Aztec Codices At FAMSI

Codex Borbonicus

Codex Borgia

Codex Cospi

Codex Fejéváry-Mayer

Codex Fejéváry-Mayer Commentary of Dr. Eduard Seler (English PDF)

Codex Huexotzinco

Codex Laud

Codex Laud Commentary (English)

Codex Magliabecchiano

Codex Telleriano-Remensis

Codex Tonalamatl

Codex Vaticanus 3738

Codex Vaticanus 3773 (Vaticanus B)

Codex Vaticanus 3773 commentary of Dr. Eduard Seler, Part 1 — The Obverse Side of the Codex.  (English PDF)

Codex Vaticanus 3773 commentary of Dr. Eduard Seler, Part 2 — The Reverse Side of the Codex.  Includes complete copy of the codex.   (English PDF)

4 responses

  1. eric todd brown

    where could i buy copies of these codices with eduard selers obsrevations in spanish

    October 3, 2009 at 12:46 PM

  2. eric todd brown

    i am looking more for the borgia group and the vatican it is reserch for the tonapalli .

    October 3, 2009 at 12:49 PM

  3. cehualli

    Hi Eric,

    I’d check and ABEbooks is particularly good for hunting down out of print materials. I know I’ve seen Seler’s Spanish-language commentary for the Codex Borgia on Amazon before, usually priced in the $30 to $50 range. Please be advised that there may not be Spanish editions for all his commentaries, his native language was German, but I do know at least some of his work made it into Spanish.


    February 18, 2012 at 4:18 AM

  4. Existen aun algunos ejemplares de este hermoso documento en librrerias de La Ciudad de México. La explicacion de Her Seller esta escrita en español y fué impreso por el Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexíco.

    January 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

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