Category: Build and Access the Collection
Location: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History
Codex Cortesianus : manuscrit hiératique des anciens Indiens de l'Amérique Centrale, conservé au Musée archéologique de Madrid / / photographié et publié pour la première fois, avec une introduction et un vocabulaire de l'écriture hiératique yucatèque, par Léon de Rosny
Léon de Rosny, a French ethnologist of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, wrote this volume describing a Native Central American object in the collection of a Spanish museum. In the 1860s, two fragments of ancient Mayan language surfaced in Spain. Léon de Rosny was one of the first scholars to suggest that both fragments—the Cortesianus Codex described in this volume and the Troano Codex—were part of the same monumental artifact, later known as the Madrid Codex. The Codex Cortesianus, which de Rosny describes in this volume, is the smaller piece. This 1883 publication represents the first time that photographs of the Codex Cortesianus were published for scholars around the world to view and study. At the time, only 85 copies were printed.
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