The Complete Codex Borgia in First Editions

    Georg Eduard Seler. Codex Borgia. Eine altmexikanische Bilderschrift der Bibliothek der Congregatio de Propaganda Fide. Herausgegeben auf Kosten Seiner Excellenz des Herzogs von Loubat, Correspondirenden Mitgliedes des Institut de France. Berlin: Druck von Gerbrunger, 1904, 1906, 1909. First edition, first printings. Complete in three folio volumes. 353; 310; 155 pages. With plates 1 - 28 in volume I, plates 29-76 in volume II. Third volume is a commentary volume without plates, as issued. Complete. Modern full burgundy leather, spines lettered in gilt, in matching burgundy leather slipcase. Minimal scattered foxing and wear to text block edges of volume II; tape repairs to pages 151 and 153 of volume III. A near fine copy of this scarce set.

    The origin of Codex Borgia has been a topic of debate since first published. There appears to be a consensus that they correspond to the Mixteca-Puebla style but exactly where they fit into that spectrum of works is difficult to pin down. Most arguments are on the basis of stylistic and iconographic elements, but a direct relation to any particular aspect of material culture is tenuous.

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