Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain. Introductions and Indices

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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 traditionsa rich and intimate yet panoramic view of a doomed people.

The Florentine Codex is divided by subject area into twelve books and includes over 2,000 illustrations drawn by Nahua artists in the sixteenth century.

This introduction to the Florentine Codex contains the original prologues to each volume written by Bernadino de Sahagun, which detail his intentions and personal experiences in compiling the Codex. Authors Dibble and Anderson dig into Sahagun’s past in “Sahagun’s Historia” and “Sahagun: Career and Character,” and discuss dating the Codex in “The Watermarks in the Florentine Codex.” This volume also includes indices of subject matter, persons and deities, and places for all twelve books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874801651
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/1982
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations Prefacio by Miguel León-Portilla Introductions by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Charles E. Dibble Variations of a Sahaguntine Theme by Arthur J. O. Anderson Sahagún's Historia by Charles E. Dibble The Watermarks in the Florentine Codex by Charles E. Dibble Sahagún: Career and Character by Arthur J. O. Anderson

Sahagun's Prologues and Interpolations
(translated from the Spanish by Charles E. Dibble):

Book I: The Gods
• Prologue
• To the Sincere Reader

Book II: The Ceremonies
• Prologue
• To the Sincere Reader
• Exclamation of the Author
• Comment on the Sacred Songs

Book III: The Origin of the Gods
• Prologue

Book IV: The Soothsayers
• Prologue
• To the Sincere Reader

Book V: The Omens
• Prologue
• Appendix Prologue

Book VI: Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy
• Prologue

Book VII: The Sun, Moon, and Stars, and the Binding of the Years
• Prologue
• To the Reader

Book VIII: Kings and Lords
• Prologue

Book IX: The Merchants
• Prologue

Book X: The People
• Prologue
• Author's Account Worthy of Being Noted

Book XI: Earthly Things
• Prologue
• To the Sincere Reader
• Note
• Note Also
• Eighth Paragraph
• Maize

Book XII: The Conquest
• To the Reader

Indices compiled by Arthur J. O. Anderson Subject Matter Persons and Deities Places Bibliography
 

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