Parution : Codex Telleriano-Remensis : ritual, divination, and history in a pictorial Aztec manuscript

Codex Telleriano-Remensis


Eloise Quinones Keber is PRofessor of Art History at Baruch College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, She has written extensively on pre -Columbian and early colonial Mexico.

Compte rendu

  • McKeever Furst, Jill Leslie, “Codex Telleriano‐Remensis: Ritual, Divination, and History in a Pictorial Aztec Manuscript”, Museum anthropology, 1996, march, vol. 20, n° 1, p. 82-84. Disponible en ligne (payant), url : <>.

Résumé de l’éditeur

As one of the few and finest examples of the nearly obliterated art of Aztec manuscript painting, the Codex Telleriano-Remensis provides invaluable information about the core of Aztec culture: calendrics , ritual, deities, mythology divination, legend, politics, and history.In this landmark publication. Eloise Quinones Keber presents the first photographic color facsimile of the entire codex, accompanied by the most extensive commentary ever undertaken on its abundant images and Spanish annotations and the first English translation of its texts. Produced in sixteenth-century colonial Mexico, a generation after the Spanish conquest of 1521, the codex consists of a ceremonial calendar of the “months” of the year, a divinatory almanac featuring the deities that determined the fates of the days, and a history of the Aztecs from their legendary migration in the twelfth century through the first tumultuous decades of Spanish occupation. Comments added by indigenous scribes and Dominican missionaries attempt to explain the images and often place them within a European frame of reference. Dr. Quinones Keber’s commentary offers new data and hypotheses regarding the physical features of the manuscript, its origins.Dating, authorship, prototypes, Spanish influence, and relationship to its partial cognate, the Codex Vaticanus A, now in the Vatican Library. One of the treasures of the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris, the Codex Telleriano – remensis offers a rare visual example of the cultural encounter that took place between the “old” and “new” worlds as European practices mingled with indigenous traditions to produce an expression unique to its time and place. The codex is thus a key document for understanding not only ancient Mexico and New Spain but also the processes of cultural persistence and accommodation that shaped them both.

Informations pratiquess

  • Éditeur : Austin (Tex.) : University of Texas press
  • Date de parution : 1995
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XIV-365 p.) : ill . en noir et en coul. ; 34 cm
  • Note : Contient le fac-sim. du manuscrit mexicain 385 de la Bibliothèque nationale de France et son commentaire en anglais. – Bibliogr. p. 337-347. Index
  • ISBN 0-292-76901-6 (rel.)


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Codex Telleriano-Remensis

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Olivier Jacquot (2020, 3 mai). Parution : Codex Telleriano-Remensis : ritual, divination, and history in a pictorial Aztec manuscript. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 21 avril 2024, à l’adresse

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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