Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain

Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain

Fray Bernardino de Sahagun; Translated by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Charles E. Dibble

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Place Published: Santa Fe, NM
Publisher: The School of American Research and The University of Utah
Date Published: 1970s and 1980s
Edition: Second edition, revised (later printings)
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near fine
Book Id: 41879


Complete; 13 books in 12 volumes (volume 5 contains both books 4 and 5). 137,84,247,70,196,260,81,89,97,197,297, & 126 pp. Quartos [29 cm]; full salmon cloth covered boards with black printing on front and spine. No dust jackets, as issued. All volumes in near fine condition with only minimal signs of use and shelf wear. The first volume ("Introductions and Indices") has a previous owner's small circular embossed stamp, all other volumes do not have this stamp or any other ownership markings. A few notations in pencil, otherwise clean and unmarked.


From the publisher (The University of Utah - http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/ref/collection/upcat/id/1841): "Two of the world's leading scholars of the Aztec language and culture have translated Sahagún's monumental and encyclopedic study of native life in Mexico at the time of the Spanish Conquest. This immense undertaking is the first complete translation into any language of Sahagún's Nahuatl text, and represents one of the most distinguished contributions in the fields of anthropology, ethnography, and linguistics. Written between 1540 and 1585, the Florentine Codex (so named because the manuscript has been part of the Laurentian Library's collections since at least 1791) is the most authoritative statement we have of the Aztecs' lifeways and traditions—a rich and intimate yet panoramic view of a doomed people. The Florentine Codex is divided by subject area into twelve volumes and includes over 2,000 illustrations drawn by Nahua artists in the sixteenth century. Arthur J. O. Anderson (1907&1996) was an anthropologist specializing in Aztec culture and language. He received his MA from Claremont College and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Southern California. He was a curator of history and director of publications at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe and taught at a number of institutions, including San Diego State University, from which he retired. Charles E. Dibble (1909&2002) was an anthropologist, linguist, and scholar specializing in Mesoamerican cultures. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from the Universidad Nacional Autónomo de México and taught at the University of Utah from 1939&1978, where he became a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. For their work on the Florentine Codex, both Dibble and Anderson received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor of the Mexican government; from the King of Spain the received the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Orden de Isabel la Católica) and the title of Commander (Comendador)."The set includes: -Introduction and Indices. (137 pp.)-Book 1: The Gods. (84 pp.)-Book 2: The Ceremonies. (247 pp.)-Book 3: The Origin of the Gods. (70 pp.) -Books 4 & 5: The Soothsayers & the Omens. (196 pp.)-Book 6: Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy. (260 pp.)-Book 7: The Sun, the Moon and Stars, and the Binding of the Years. (81 pp.)-Book 8: Kings and Lords. (89 pp.)-Book 9: The Merchants. (97 pp.)-Book 10: The People. (197 pp.)-Book 11: Earthly Things (297 pp.)-Book 12: The Conquest of Mexico (126 pp.)