A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Arch. Selden. A. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 3135


'Codex Selden': Mexican pictorial screenfold manuscript

Of Mixtec origin, pre-Conquest in style, recording the genealogies and history from A.D. 783 to A.D. 1556 of the rulers of a place called 'Cloud Belching Mountain', identifiable as Añute (Magdalena Jaltepec) in the Mixtec Alta (Oaxaca, Mexico).

Language(s): No linguistic content

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: deerskin


Coloured pictures.


Origin: c. 1560 ; Mexican

Provenance and Acquisition

John Selden, 1584–1654

Acquired by the Bodleian in 1659

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (21 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-31: Toby Burrows/Mapping Manuscript MigrationsProvenance and acquisition information added using https://github.com/mapping-manuscript-migrations/oxford-tei-updates/blob/master/update_oxford_prov.rb in collaboration with the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project.