Codex Laud

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The Codex Laud, or Laudianus, (catalogued as MS. Laud Misc. 678, Bodleian Library in Oxford) is an important sixteenth-century manuscript associated with William Laud, an English archbishop who was the former owner of this ancient Mexican codex. It is from the Borgia Group, and is a pictorial manuscript consisting of 24 leaves (48 pages) from Central Mexico, dating from before the Spanish takeover. It is evidently incomplete (part of it is lost).

In its content, it is similar to Codex Bodley and Codex Borgia. It is published (with an "Introduction" by C. A. Burland) in Volume XI of CODICES SELECTI of the Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz.

The Bodleian Library holds four other Mesoamerican codices: Codex Bodley, Codex Mendoza, Codex Selden and the Selden Roll.


  • Boone, Elizabeth Hill (2007). Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate. Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long series in Latin American and Latino art and culture. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71263-8. OCLC 71632174.
  • Facsimile: odex Laud, Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Laud Misc. 678, pre-colonial, Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) Graz 1966. Colour facsimile edition of the Old Mexican manuscript. 48 pp., size: 165 x 155 mm. Encased in box with leather spine. Scholarly introduction: C. A. Burland, London, 42 pp. text, 4 plates on art print paper, 1 table. CODICES SELECTI, Vol. XI

External links

  • A.D.V.G. facsimile of the Laud Codex
  • Codex Laud, digitised by J.Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • Codex Laud commentary, Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt [1966] edition, digitised by J.Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • MS Laud. Misc. 678 Images available on Digital Bodleian
  • MS Laud Misc. 678 In the Bodleian Libraries Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts
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