Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum, 1902. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #21891 .
The Codex Zouche-Nuttall was probably made in the 14th century and is composed of 47 sections of animal skin with dimensions of 8 by 10 inches closed. It opens to approximately 440 inches. The codex folds together like a screen and is vividly painted on both sides. The upper board contains a pocket for the 36 page introductory booklet by Zelia Nuttall.
The Codex is one of three codices that record the genealogies, alliances and conquests of several 11th and 12th century rulers of a small Mixtec city-state in highland Oaxaca, the Tilantongo kingdom, especially under the leadership of the warrior Lord Eight Deer Jaguar Claw (who died in the early twelfth century at the age of fifty-two).
The codex probably reached Spain in the 16th century. It was first identified at the Monastery of San Marco, Florence, in 1854 and was sold in 1859 to John Temple Leader who sent it to his friend Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche. This facsimile was published while it was in the collection of Baron Zouche. The British Museum was loaned the manuscript in 1876 and acquired it in 1917.