Codex Vaticanus 3738 is divided in the following sections:
- Cosmological and mythological traditions (1r-11-v)
- Tonalpohualli: Gods, day signs, Nine Lords of the Night (12v-33r)
- Calendrical tables: 1558-1619 (34v-36r)
- 18 month calendar (42v-51r)
- Ethnographic sections: Day signs attributed to body parts; sacrificial and mortuary customs; portraits of Indian types; miscellaneous drawings (54r-61v)
- Pictoral annals, 1195-1549 (66v-94v)
- Continuation of the annals, without pictorial entries (95v-96v)
"The Codex Vaticanus 3738 shows a unique style of handwriting; no one but this contains the cosmogonic-mythological and ethnographic sections of the hypothetic manuscript which served as a model, and these undoubtedly represent the most interesting part of the document... For a serious student of Mexican history of the pre-conquest, conquest and early post-conquest periods this codex would likely be the most valuable work which he could have. More information is available here about these periods than in any other single illustrated work that we know."
"The Interamerican", (Denton/Texas) no. 1, 1980
Graz 1979. Vol. 65 of the series CODICES SELECTI.
Color reproduction of the manuscript in possession of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome. 192 pages reduced to 7/10 of the original size, i.e. to 340 x 260 mm. Miniature paintings with notes in Italian.
Notes of the publisher in German, English, Spanish and French. Half leather binding.
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