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Dr. Manuel A. Hermann Lejarazu

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How many pages did an (Aztec) book have? Asked by Hobletts Manor Junior School. Chosen and answered by Dr. Manuel A. Hermann Lejarazu.

ADEVA facsimile edition of the Codex Borbonicus
ADEVA facsimile edition of the Codex Borbonicus (Click on image to enlarge)

Aztec books or Aztec codices have, generally, about 30 or 40 pages - for example the Codex/Tonalamatl Aubin and the Codex Borbonicus (pictured), because they are painted on amatl (fig tree bark paper) and folded like a screen - hence the word ‘screenfold’. But there are many Aztec manuscripts that were made like a European book, such as the Codex Mendoza, that has 140 pages.

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• the ADEVA facsimile edition of the Codex Borbonicus, showing its screenfold format (original in the Bibliotheque de l’Assembée Nationale, Paris)

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC BOOKS

See the Codex Borbonicus on the ADEVA website

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