THE BADIANUS MANUSCRIPT: AN AZTEC HERBAL OF 1552, by Emily Walcott Emmartt - 1940 [Scholarly edition]


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The Badianus Manuscript

(Codex Barberini, Latin 241) Vatican Library

An Aztec Herbal of 1552

by Emily Walcott Emmartt 

Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins Press, 1940 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition, with a VERY GOOD DJ.

  • Tan cloth covers are mostly clean, with ornament in russet and gilt. 
  • Boards show some smudges to back cover, edgewear.  Corners are sharp. 
  • Spine has gilt text on russet ground and is bright with firm ends, a little darkened at head.  See photos.  
  • Binding is strong. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some light foxing, staining, pencil marks. 
  • Illustrations, color facsimile reproductions of the manuscript leaves, are bright and clear.  
  • Interior on buff paper, exhibits some marginal toning, a smudge on pg. 167.  See photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have some foxing at head. 
  • DJ of heavy red paper with black text and illustration has some edgewear, bumping, smudges, abrasion to corners, spine.  See photos. 
  • PS2024.0327

341 pages. 9.25 x 12 inches

A very good copy of this scholarly edition, with English translation and annotations, of an important Aztec herbal from 1552.  Written by an Aztec doctor, and translated into Latin at the time by another Aztec, this work captures Aztec medicine as it was when Europeans arrived in Mexico.

Includes color plates of the manuscript.   

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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