Codex Nuttall

Facsimile of an Ancient Mexican Codex Belonging to Lord Zouche of Harynworth

Introduction by Zelia Nuttall. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1902. Illustrated with 82 pages of pictograms. Accordion-style full vellum, with a tucked-in pamphlet. 84[35] pp. 7.75 x 10.5 inches. Very good+.


An extraordinary facsimile of the Codex Nuttall (1200-1521), one of the major archeological finds ever unearthed. Bound in the accordion manner, and painted by a number of artists in astoundingly faithful reproductions of the original. Vellum with an Aztec design. Includes an explanatory pamphlet from the publisher. Ex library copy, with call numbers on the back cover and copyright page, bookplates and 4 numbered phrases on the last page and on the obverse of the last illustration. Boards slightly bowed, as usual. An otherwise crisp, very scarce and unique volume.


The Codex Zouche-Nuttall or Codex Tonindeye is an accordion-folded pre-Columbian document of Mixtecpictography, now in the collections of the British Museum. It is one of about 16 manuscripts from Mexico that are entirely pre-Columbian in origin. The codex derives its name from Zelia Nuttall, who first published it in 1902, and Baroness Zouche, its donor.

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