Codex Mendoza: Four-Volume Set

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University of California Press, Sep 18, 1992 - Social Science - 900 pages
This four-volume hardcover facsimile edition of Codex Mendoza places the most comprehensive, most extensively illustrated document of Aztec civilization within reach of a broad audience. Compiled in Mexico City around 1541 under the supervision of Spanish clerics, the Codex was intended to inform King Charles V about his newly conquered subjects. The manuscript contains pictorial accounts of Aztec emperors' conquests and tribute paid by the conquered, as well as a remarkable ethnographic record of Aztec daily life from cradle to grave. This four-volume publication is an unsurpassed source of information about Aztec history, geography, economy, social and political organization, glyphic writing, costumes, textiles, military attire, and indigenous art styles.

Volume 1 contains interpretive essays by the authors and other leading specialists on every aspect of Codex Mendoza. Volume 2 offers a thorough description and discussion of each pictorial page, and Volume 3 is a complete color facsimile of the manuscript itself. Volume 4, a parallel image volume, is the most innovative and in some ways the most useful of the four. It provides an exact duplicate in black and white of the facsimile Volume 3, with the sixteenth-century Spanish text transcribed and then translated into English. In addition, all the glosses are translated and positioned exactly as on the original pictorial pages. The extensive and useful appendices add such things as pictorial charts of costumes and textiles, translations and discussions of all the glyphs in the codex, and a table of comparative chronologies.

In making this extraordinary sixteenth-century work accessible (the original manuscript resides in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England), the authors have performed an invaluable service to Mesoamerican scholars and all those interested in pre-Columbian peoples.
 

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Contents

THE FOUNDING OF TENOCHTITLAN
xi
THE CONQUESTS OF ACAMAPICHTLI
xvi
THE CONQUESTS OF MOTECUHZOMA ILHUICAMINA
2
THE CONQUESTS OF AXAYACATL
4
THE CONQUESTS OF TIZOC
6
THE CONQUESTS OF AHUITZOTL
8
THE CONQUESTS OF MOTECUHZOMA XOCOYOTZIN
10
THE TRIBUTE YEAR TO YEAR
13
FOLIO 62r
158
FOLIO 63r
163
FOLIO 64r
169
FOLIO 65r
180
FOLIO 66r
189
FOLIO 67r
196
FOLIO 68r
202
FOLIO 69r
208

IMPERIAL OUTPOSTS
15
THE DAILY LIFE YEAR TO YEAR
129
FOLIO 57r
131
FOLIO 58r
139
FOLIO 59r
144
FOLIO 6or
147
FOLIO 61r
152
FOLIO 70r
212
FOLIO 71r
221
Bibliography
225
Place Names Index
243
Subject Index
249
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Frances F. Berdan is Chair and Professor of Anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino. Her books include The Aztecs of Central Mexico (1982) and The Tlaxcalan Actas (with James Lockhart & Arthur J. O. Anderson, 1986). Patricia Rieff Anawalt is Director of the Center for the Study of Regional Dress, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Indian Clothing Before Cortés (1981).

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