- Museum number
Object: Codex Cospi (facsimile)
Object: Códice de Bolonia (facsimile)
Object: Codex Cospianus (facsimile)
Object: Códice Cospiano (facsimile)
Object: Codice di Bologna (facsimile)
Codex; tracings of Codex Cospi, comprising of 16 leaves; also known as Códice de Bolonia, Codice di Bologna, Codex Cospianus and Códice Cospiano, a Mexican pictorial manuscript; ritual-calendrical; One of the five divinatory screenfold almanacs of the Borgia Group.
- Production date
1500 (circa - original)
Height: 19.70 centimetres (screenfold)
Width: 480 centimetres (screenfold)
- Curator's comments
The tracing was commissioned by Lord Kingsborough and made by Aglio in the years 1825-31. It is published in vol 3 of Kingsborough's nine volume work on Mexico.
The tracings of the codex are on two screenfolds.
Quote from Lord Kingsborough “Antiquities of Mexico ...” vol. 8 page 231.
It may be right to remark that the seven pages in the Codex Borgianus are painted in a horizontal position, exactly in the manner represented in the facsimile of that splendid painting, which , together with the other facsimile of the Mexican paintings preserved in the imperial Library of Vienna, in the Royal Library at Dresden, in the Library of the Institute at Bologna, and in the Vatican Library, we have deposited in the British Museum, that in after years they may attest the accuracy and care with which the lithographic plates contained in these volumes have been executed from the correct facsimiles of the original Mexican paintings. Facsimiles of the paintings preserved in the Bodleian Library Oxford have not been presented to the museum, because the originals existing in this country it was deemed unnecessary.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Donated to the museum by Lord Kingsborough
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Add Ms 8882