Aztec Bibliography (Scott’s Aztec collection as of January 2004)

This is a listing of books that I have or have had in my personal collection. This list was originally intended for my own reference, but I thought it might be useful or interesting to those of you who share the same interest with the subject. This is by no means a comprehensive list on the subject – it is just a list of books which have come my way (and made it onto my bookshelf) in the past few years. In fact, it’s a pretty interesting study of what books have made their way to Browsers’ Bookstore!

By the way, we are always happy to purchase fine collections on Aztecs or any other subject. Please contact us if you are interested in selling! My Aztec-wants are at the bottom of this page.

Primary Sources

Anonymous Conqueror; Marshall H. Saville, Trans. A Narrative of Some Things of New Spain and of the Great City of Temestitan Mexico Taxus Baccata Books: 2004. Reprint of 1917 translation with illustrations from 1556 edition, finally back in print for only $12.95!!
Anderson, Arthur J. O.; Charles E. Dibble. Florentine Codex, Second Edition Revised, in Thirteen Parts (13 Volumes). School of American Research & University of Utah: 1970/1978. F/None

Carvajal, Luis de, el Mozo. Seymour B. Liebman (translator & editor). The Enlightened. University of Miami: 1967. VG/No (The only extant text by a Jew in the Colonial period.)

Columbus, Christopher; Cecil Jane (translator). The Journal of Christopher Columbus. Bramhall House: 1960. VG/VG.

Cortes, Hernan. Irwin R. Blacker (intro & commentaries); Harry M. Rosen (editor). Conquest: Dispatches of Cortes from the New World. Grosset & Dunlap: 1962. TP-G

Cortes, Hernan. J Bayard Morris (translator & ed.). The Letters of Hernando Cortez 1519-1526 (The Argonaut Series). Robert M. McBride: 1929. VG/G (water staining to DJ)

de Landa, Diego; A. R. Pagden (translator). The Maya: Diego de Landa’s Account of the Affairs of Yucatan. J. Philip O’Hara: 1975. (Mayan.) VG/VG

de Oviedo, Gonzalo Fernandez; Sterling A. Stoudemire (translator). Natural History of the West Indies (University of North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, No. 32) University of North Carolina Press: 1959. TP/VG

Diaz, Bernal del Castillo. Genaro Garcia (editor), A. P. Maudslay (translator.) The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico 1517-1521. Farrar, Straus, and Cudahy: 1956. VG/No
Also have by Maudsaly & Garcia:TP “The True History of the Conquest of New Spain.” And, Hakluyt Society: 1908. Five volumes, illustrated, one volume is box of maps. Ex-libris of Edward Lynam, map collector/editor, one-time secretary of Hakluyt Soc., British Museum curator (?), etc. VG (This is third copy, so one of others must go.)
Diaz, Bernal; J. M. Cohen (translator). The Conquest of New Spain. Penguin: 1963. TP-VG.

Duran, Fray Diego; Doris Heyden & Fernando Horcasitas (translators). The Aztecs: The History of the Indies of New Spain. Orion Press: 1964. VG/No
Also have:Univ. Oklahoma: 1994 (this includes all the original illustrations, complete text. The 1964 edition was a popular version, and so did not. This is a scholarly one, and also includes annotations, intro, etc.)

Duran, Fray Diego; translated & edited by Fernando Horcasitas and Doris Heyden. Book of the Gods and Rites and the Ancient Calendar. University of Oklahoma: 1973. TP-VG

Glubok, Shirley; Leslie Tillett. The Fall of the Aztecs: Illustrations by the Conquered, Text by the Conquerors. (Based on Bernal Diaz.) VG/No

Knab, T. J. (editor); Thelma D. Sullivan (translator.) A Scattering of Jades: Stories, Poems, and Prayers of the Aztecs. Simon & Schuster: 1994. TP-F

Las Casas, Bartolome de; edited & translated by Nigel Griffin. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Penguin: 1992. TP-F

Leon-Portilla, Miguel. The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico. Beacon Press: 1962. TP-VG

Leon-Portilla, Miguel. Pre-Columbian Literatures of Mexico. University of Oklahoma: 1969. (Leon-Portilla has a lot of his own text in here, but about half of the book is composed of pre-columbian writings.) VG/VG

Ross, Kurt (ed.) Codex Mendoza: Aztec Manuscript. Miller Graphics: 1978. Color reproductions of all full pages of this codex, as well as many close-ups. Includes some translations of the Spanish written on the codex. VG/VG

Vespucci, Amerigo; Luciano Formissano (editor); David Jacobson (translator.) Letters from a New World: Amerigo Vespucci’s Discovery of America. Marsilio: 1992. (Unrelated to Aztecs.) F/VG

Zorita, Alonso de; Benjamin Keen (translator). Life and Labor in Ancient Mexico: The Brief and Summary Relation of the Lords of New Spain. Rutgers University: 1963. F/VG

The Aztecs

Adams, Richard E. W. Prehistoric Mesoamerica, Revised Edition. University of Oklahoma: 1991. F/F. Take to store?
Anawalt, Patricia Rieff. Indian Clothing Before Cortes: Mesoamerican Costumes from the Codices. University of Oklahoma Press: 1990. TP-VG.

Benson, Elizabeth P. & Elizabeth Hill Boone, editor. The Art and Iconography of Late Post-Classic Central Mexico: A Conference at Dumbarton Oaks October 22nd and 23rd, 1977. Dumbarton Oaks: 1982. F/None

Berdan, Frances F. The Aztecs of Central Mexico: An Imperial Society. Holt, Rinehart & Winston: 1982. TP-G. (dry but good sociological overview, good use of Nahuatl.)

Berlo, Janet Catherine. Art, Ideology and the City of Teotihuacan: A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks 8th and 9th October 1988. Dumbarton Oaks: 1992. F/None

Bernal, Ignacio; translated by Willis Barnstone. Mexico Before Cortez: Art, History and Legend, Revised Edition. Anchor: 1975. MM-G

Berrin, Kathleen; Clara Millon, Rene Millon, Esther Pasztory, Thomas K. Seligman. Feathered Serpents and Flowering Trees: Reconstructing the Murals of Teotihuacan. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco: 1988. Interesting account relating that the “official” discovery of these murals was prompted by looted pieces of them all of a sudden showing up in auctions. VG/none/signed

Blanton, Richard E.; Stephen A. Kowalewski; Gary Feinman; Jill Appel. Ancient Mesoamerica: A Comparison of Change in Three Regions. Cambridge University: 1981. TP-F Second edition, 1993. TP-G (very well done, with excellent bibliography.)

Boone, Elizabeth Hill. The Aztec Templo Mayor: A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 8th and 9th October 1983. Dumbarton Oaks: 1987. F/none

Bray, Warwick. Everyday Life of the Aztecs. Dorset Press: 1968. F/F

Broda, Johanna; David Carrasco; Eduardo Matos Moctezuma. The Great Temple of Tenochtitlan: Center and Periphery in the Aztec World. University of California: 1987. TP-VG

Brundage, Burr Cartwright. The Fifth Sun: Aztec Gods, Aztec World. University of Texas: 1979. VG/G

Carrasco, David. City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization. Beacon Press: 1999. F/F

Carrasco, David. Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire: Myths and Prophecies in the Aztec Tradition. University of Chicago: 1992. TP-VG

Carrasco, David. The Tenochca Empire of Ancient Mexico: The Triple Alliance of Tenochtitlan, Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan. University of Oklahoma: 1999.

Caso, Alfonso. Illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias; Lowell Dunham (tranlsator.) The Aztecs: People of the Sun. University of Oklahoma: 1958. VG/VG

Clendinnen, Inga. Aztecs: An Interpretation. Cambridge University: 1991. BCE? VG/VG. (One of my favorites, has very lucid descriptions of life with some fresh & believable interpretations.)

Coe, Michael D Mexico, Third Edition. Thames & Hudson:1984. TP-G

Conrad, Geoffrey W.; Arthur A. Demarest. Religion and Empire: The Dynamics of Aztec and Inca Expansionism (New Studies in Archaeology). Cambridge University Press: 1984. TP-G

Covarrubias, Miguel. Mexico South: The Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Alfred A. Knopf: 1946. VG/VG 1st ed.

Davies, Nigel. The Aztec Empire: The Toltec Resurgence. University of Oklahoma: 1987. F/F

Davies, Nigel. The Aztecs: A History. University of Oklahoma: 1980. VG/VG

Davies, Nigel. The Toltec Heritage: From the Fall of Tula to the Rise of Tenochtitlan. University of Oklahoma: 1980. F/VG

Driver, Harold E. The Americas on the Eve of Discovery. Prentice-Hall: 1964. TP-G.

Enciso, Jorge. Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico. Dover: 1947. TP-VG

Fastlicht, Samuel; Javier Romero. El Arte de las Mutilaciones Dentarias (Encyclopedia Mexicana de Arte #14). Ediciones Mexicanas: 1951. TP-VG

Furst, Jill Leslie McKeever. The Natural History of the Soul in Ancient Mexico Yale University: 1995. TP-F

Gillespie, Susan D. The Aztec Kings: The Construction of Rulership in Mexica History. University of Arizona: 1989. TP-F

Gillmor, Frances. Flute of the Smoking Mirror: A Portrait of Nezahualcoyotl, Poet-King of the Aztecs. University of Utah: 1949. TP-VG

Gillmor, Frances. The King Danced in the Marketplace. University of Utah: 1964. TP-VG

Hardoy, Jorge. Urban Planning in Pre-Columbian America. George Braziller: 1968. VG/no (Short monograph, but lots of excellent photos & drawings.)

Harvey, H. R. Land and Politics in the Valley of Mexico: A Two Thousand Year Perspective. University of New Mexico: 1991. F/No

Hassig, Ross. Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control. University of Oklahoma: 1988. F/VG

Hassig, Ross. Time, History, and Belief in Aztec and Colonial Mexico. University of Texas: 2001. TP-F

Hassig, Ross. Trade, Tribute, and Transportation: The Sixteenth-Century Political Economy of the Valley of Mexico. University of Oklahoma: 1985. F/F

Hassig, Ross. War and Society in Ancient America. University of California: 1992. F/VG

Horcasitas, Fernando. The Aztecs Then and Now. Minutiae Mexicana: 1979. TP-G

Keen, Benjamin. The Aztec Image in Western Thought. Rutgers University: 1990. TP-VG

Kubler, George. The Art and Architecture of Ancient America: The Mexican, Maya, and Andean Peoples. (The Pelican History of Art) Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1962. 378 pp. of text, 168 pp. of b/w photographic plates. Includes bibliography & index. HC-VG

Leon-Portilla, Miguel. The Aztec Image of Self and Society : An Introduction to Nahua Culture. University of Utah: 1992. VG/VG

Leon-Portilla, Miguel. Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. University of Oklahoma: 1963. VG/VG

Lopez, Angel Raul. El Numero 13 en la Vida de los Aztecas. Costa-Amic: 1984. TP-VG

Millon, Rene. The Teotihuacan Map (Urbanization at Teotihuacan, Mexico, Volume 1). University of Texas: 1973. VG. Two parts, the second being a volume of bound maps with clear plastic overlays, and with a box of folded maps attached to the rear board.

Moctezuma, Eduardo Matos. The Great Temple of the Aztecs: Treasures of Tenochtitlan. Thames & Hudson: 1988. F/VG

Parsons, Jeffrey R.; Elizabeth Brumfiel; Mary H. Parsons; David J. Wilson; et al. Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Southern Valley of Mexico: The Chalco-Xochimilco Region. University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology: 1982. TP-VG

Peterson, Frederick. Ancient Mexico: An Introduction to the Pre-Hispanic Cultures. Capricorn: 1959. TP-G

Pohl, John M. D.; Angus McBride. Aztec, Mixtec and Zapotec Armies. Osprey: 1991. F

Portillo, Jose Lopez. Quetzalcoatl in Myth, Archaeology and Art. Continuum: 1982. F/F (VG slipcase)

Powell, Guy E. Latest Aztec Discoveries. San Antonio: Naylor Co., 1967. VG/G. (Probably better shelved in fiction, as author appears to have discovered Aztlan in his backyard. Nevertheless… it does have map endpapers! Road trip!)

Salisbury, Stephen Jr. (ed.); Philipp J. J. Valentini; Augustus Le Plongeon; Alice D. Le Plongeon. The Mexican Calendar Stone. Terra Cotta Figure from Isla Mujeres, Northeast Coast of Yucatan. Archaeological Communication on Yucatan. Notes on Yucatan. Worcester: Press of Charles Hamilton, 1879. Includes fold-out frontispiece of the Calendar Stone, other plates, in-text illustrations.

Schroeder, Susan. Chimalpahin and the Kingdoms of Chalco. University of Arizona: 1991. VG/No

Sejourne, Laurette. Burning Water: Thought and Religion in Ancient Mexico. Shambala: 1976. TP-VG

Soustelle, Jacques. Daily Life of the Aztecs on the Eve of the Spanish Conquest. Stanford: 1955/1961. TP-Fair.

Townsend, Richard F. The Aztecs, Revised Edition. Thames & Hudson: 2000. TP-F

Vaillant, George C. Artists and Craftsmen in Ancient Central America. American Museum of Natural History: 1945. TP-G

Vaillant, George C. Aztecs of Mexico: Origin, Rise and Fall of the Aztec Nation. American Museum of Natural History/Doubleday: 1950. VG/VG

Von Hagen, Victor W. The Aztec: Man and Tribe. Mentor: 1958. MM-VG

Von Hagen, Victor W. The Ancient Sun Kingdoms of the Americas: Aztec, Maya, Inca. World Publishing: 1961. VG/VG

Wauchope, Robert (general editor). Handbook of Middle American Indians (sixteen volumes plus supplements). University of Texas: 1964-1976, plus supplements. VG/G

Willey, Gordon R.; Jeremy A. Sabloff (introductions). Pre-Columbian Archaeology (Readings from Scientific American.) W. H. Freeman: 1980. TP-VG

Wolf, Eric. Sons of the Shaking Earth: The People of Mexico and Guartemala: Their Land, History, and Culture. University of Chicago: 1959. TP-VG (Covers prehistory through Colonial period.)

Wolf, Eric R. (editor). The Valley of Mexico: Studies in Pre-Hispanic Ecology and Society. University of New Mexico: 1976. F/G

The Conquest & Conquistadors

Christensen, Thomas & Carol (editors.) The Discovery of America & Other Myths: A New World Reader. Chronicle Books: 1992. TP-VG (Some very good essays.)
Day, Jane S.; foreword by Eduardo Matos Moctezuma. Aztec: The World of Moctezuma. Denver Museum of Natural History/Roberts Rinehart: 1992. Published in conjunction with exhibition, but not a catalogue per se. TP-VG

Eidsmoe, John. Columbus and Cortez, Conquerors for Christ. New Leaf Press: 1992. TP-VG. (poorly researched, hypocritical, but does remind us that Cortez was devout Catholic.)

Hanke, Lewis. The Spanish Struggle for Justice in the Conquest of America. Little, Brown: 1949/1965. TP-VG (excellent overview of legalistic concerns of Spaniards.)

Hassig, Ross. Mexico and the Spanish Conquest (Modern Wars in Perspective series). Longman: 1994. TP-VG

Horgan, Paul. Conquistadors in North American History. Fawcett: 1963. MM-VG

Padden, R. C. The Hummingbird and the Hawk: Conquest and Sovereignty in the Valley of Mexico, 1503-1541. Harper: 1967. TP-G

Pohl, John; Charles M. Robinson III. Aztecs & Conquistadores: The Spanish Invasion and the Collapse of the Aztec Empire. Osprey: 2005. F/F. (Light reading except for good military details.)

Prescott, William H. The Conquest of Mexico & The Conquest of Peru. Modern Library. There is a huge variety of editions of this book: I’m still looking for a nice leather copy. This is the first modern work on the subject. VG/G

Restall, Matthew. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. Oxford University Press, 2003. The myths are: Exceptional Men, King’s Army, White Conquistador, Completion, (Mis)Communication, Native Desolation, Superiority. TP-VG

SOLIS, Antonio de. Historia de la Conquista de Mexico, Poblacion, y Progressos de la America Septentrional, conocido por el nombre de Nueva Espana. Madrid: Juan de Zuniga, 1748. Vellum-G/F (lacks title page and index after Q)

Stannard, David E. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World. Oxford University: 1992. TP-VG

Thomas, Hugh. Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico. Simon & Schuster: 1993. TP-VG

Thomas, Hugh. Who’s Who of the Conquistadors. Cassell & Co.: 2000. F/F

Todorov, Tzvetan; Richard Howard (translator). The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other. Harper & Row: 1987. TP-G. (Perhaps the best interpretation I’ve read.)

Verrill, A. Hyatt. Great Conquerors of South and Central America. New Home Library: 1943. V/V (Dated, but good teen intro.)

Warren, J. Benedict. The Conquest of Michoacan: The Spanish Domination of the Tarascan Kingdom in Western Mexico, 1521-1530. University of Oklahoma: 1985. F/F

White, Jon Manchip. Cortes and the Downfall of the Aztec Empire: A Study in a Conflict of Cultures. Hamish Hamilton: 1971. HC-VG/no.

Wise, Terence; Angus McBride. The Conquistadors.

Miscellaneous Stuff (Colonial, Travelogues, Olmecs, Peopling of Americas, General Mesoamerican Interest)

Adams, Richard E. W. Prehistoric Mesoamerica. Little, Brown: 1977. VG/No.
Bancroft, Hubert Howe. A Popular History of the Mexican People.>A Popular History of the Mexican People. San Francisco: The History Company, 1887. Conquest ends on p. 194, so there is quite a bit of writing on the subjects of pre-conquest cultures and the Conquest itself. Many illustrations. Leather-G

Benson, Elizabeth P., editor. Death and the Afterlife in Pre-Columbian America: A Conference at Dumbarton Oaks October 27th, 1973. Dumbarton Oaks: 1975. F/None

Benson, Elizabeth P., editor. Mesoamerican Writing Systems: A Conference at Dumbarton Oaks October 30th and 31st, 1971. Dumbarton Oaks: 1973. F/None

Benson, Elizabeth P., editor. The Sea in the Pre-Columbian World: A Conference at Dumbarton Oaks October 26th and 27th, 1974. Dumbarton Oaks: 1977. F/None

Bernal, Ignacio. 100 Great Masterpieces of the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology. Harry N. Abrams: 1969. VG/G

Bernal, Ignacio. The Olmec World. University of California: 1976. TP-VG.

Bierhorst, John. The Mythology of Mexico and Central America. William Morrow: 1990. F/F (remainder)

Boone, Elizabeth Hill. Painted Architecture and Polychrome Monumental Sculpture in Mesoamerica: A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 10th to 11th October 1981. Dumbarton Oaks: 1985. F/None

Boone, Elizabeth Hill; Tom Cummins. Native Traditions in the Postconquest World: A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 2nd through 4th October 1992. Dumbarton Oaks: 1997. F/None

Butler, John W. Sketches of Mexico. Cincinnati: Cranston & Curts, 1894. VG/None. Son of missionary. Interesting history of Mexican race, as Butler lists several theories of the peopling of the Americas, including 6 theories that they originated from Europe, 4 theories of African origin (including Atlantis which theory is dealt with at length), and “at least six” theories of Asiatic origin.

Carrasco, David (ed.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America. Oxford University Press, 2001. Set of three volumes. Succinct but detailed entries for people, places, and subjects. Bibliography after each entry. Many maps & illustrations throughout.

Cervantes, Fernando. The Devil in the New World: The Impact of Diabolism in New Spain.

Clendinnen, Inga. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570. Cambridge University: 1987. TP-VG

Coe, Michael D. Archaeological Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Ancient Cities and Sacred Sites. Moon Travel Handbooks: 1998. TP-F

Coe, Michael D.; David Grove; Elizabeth Benson (editor & organizers). The Olmec and their Neighbors: Essays in Memory of Matthew W. Stirling. Dumbarton Oaks: 1981. F/None

Coe, Michael D.; David Grove; Elizabeth Benson (editor & organizers). In the Land of the Olmec. Vol. I: The Archaeology of San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan; Vol. II: The People of the River University of Texas: 1980. F/VG Slipcase with F folder containing four maps

Dossio, Francisco Gonzales de. Cronicas de la Compania de Jesus en la Nueva Espana. La Universidad Nacional Autonoma, Mexico: 1957. TP-G (Jesuits in Colonial Mexico.)

Davies, Nigel. Voyagers to the New World. William Morrow: 1979. (Pretty even-handed discussion of evidence for pre-Columbian contacts.)

Davies, Nigel. The Toltecs: Until the Fall of Tula. University of Oklahoma: 1977. VG/VG

Day, A. Grove. Coronado’s Quest: The History-Making Adventures of the First White Men to Invade the Southwest. University of California: 1964. TP-VG

Diehl, Richard A. Tula: The Toltec Capital of Ancient Mexico. Thames & Hudson: 1983. F/VG

Dumbarton Oaks. Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology, Numbers Nine through Eleven. #9: Badner, Mino. “A Possible Focus of Andean Artistic Influence in Mesoamerica.” #10: Quirarte, Jacinto. “Izapan-Style Art: A Study of Its Form and Meaning.” #11: Moser, Christopher L. “Human Decapitation in Ancient Mesoamerica.” Dumbarton Oaks: 1973. F/None

Dumbarton Oaks. Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology, Numbers Twelve through Fourteen. #12: Wilbert, Johannes. “The Thread of Life: Symbolism of Miniature Art from Ecuador.” #13: Roe, Peter G. “A Further Exploration of the Rowe Chavin Seriation and Its Implications for North Central Coast Chronology.” #14: Benson, Elizabeth P. “A Man and a Feline in Mochica Art.” Dumbarton Oaks: 1974. F/None

Fagan, Brian M. The Great Journey: The Peopling of Ancient America. Thames & Hudson: 1987. F/VG

Ferguson, William M.; Arthur H. Rohn. Mesoamerica’s Ancient Cities: Arial Views of Precolumbian Ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. University Press of Colorado: 1990. F/F

Gibson, Charles. The Aztecs Under Spanish Rule: A History of the Indians of the Valley of Mexico, 1519-1810. Stanford University: 1964. TP-VG

Graham, John A. Ancient Mesoamerica: Selected Readings. Peek Publications: 1966. TP-VG (prehistory, agriculture, Maya, misc.)

Grove, David C. Chalcatzingo: Excavations on the Olmec Frontier. Thames & Hudson: 1984. VG/VG

Grove, David C. & Rosemary A. Joyce, editors. Social Patterns in Pre-Classic Mesoamerica: A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks 9 and 10 October 1993. Dumbarton Oaks: 1999. F/None

Gruener, James C. The Olmec Riddle: An Inquiry Into the Origin of Pre-Columbian Civilization. Vengreen Publications, 1987. F/F

Hansen, L. Taylor. He Walked the Americas. Amherst Press: 1963. G/No. (Haven’t read this yet. Is it Mormon? New Age?)

Hardoy, Jorge L. Precolumbian Cities. Walker, 1973. Large basic survey with a chapter on the Aztecs, and a chapter on Tenochtitlan. VG/VG.

Heyden, Doris; Paul Gendrop. Pre-Columbian Architecture of Mesoamerica. Harry N. Abrams: 1975. VG/VG

Honore, Pierre In Search of Quetzalcoatl: The Mysterious Heritage of American Civilization. (original title: Ich Fand Den weissen Gott.) Adventures Unlimited Press: 1961/2007. TP-G

Jones, Lindsay. Twin City Tales: A Hermeneutical Reassessment of Tula and Chichen Itza. University of Colorado: 1995. F/VG

Kelemen, Pal. Medieval American Art: Masterpieces of the New World before Columbus, Third Revised edition in two volumes. Dover: 1969.

Kiev, Ari. Curanderismo: Mexican-American Folk Psychiatry. Free Press: 1968. TP-G

Killion, Thomas W. Gardens of Prehistory: Archaeology of Settlement Agriculture in Mesoamerica University of Alabama: 1992. TP-F

Luckert, Karl W. Olmec Religion: A Key to Middle America and Beyond. University of Oklahoma: 1976. F/VG

MacKenzie, Donald A. Pre-Columbian America: Myths and Legends. Random House: 1923/1996. TP-VG. (Links between Old & New Worlds via mythology. Although much of the research is now out of date, bottom line remains valid: do you believe in contact or archetypes?)

MacNeish, Richard S. (introduction). Early Man in America (Readings from Scientific American.) W. H. Freeman: 1973. TP-VG

Malmstrom, Vincent H. Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon: The Calendar in Mesoamerican Civilization. University of Texas: 1997. TP-VG

Marcus, Joyce; Kent V. Flannery. Zapotec Civilization: How Urban Society Evolved in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley. Thames & Hudson: 1996. VG/VG

Maslow, Jonathan Evan. Bird of Life, Bird of Death: A Political Ornithology of Central America. Dell: 1986. TP-VG (Neat travelogue/natural history of the quetzal.)

Miller, Arthur G. Highland-Lowland Interaction in Mesoamerica: Interdisciplinary Approaches: A Conference at Dumbarton Oaks, October 18th and 19th, 1980. Dumbarton Oaks: 1983. F/None

Miller, Mary Ellen. The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec, third edition. Thames & Hudson: 2001. TP-VG

Nelson, Ralph (translator.) Popul Vuh: The Mythological Book of the Ancient Maya. Houghton Mifflin: 1976. TP-F

Nuttall, Zelia (editor); Arthur G. Miller (introduction) The Codex Nuttall: A Picture Manuscript from Ancient Mexico. Dover: 1902/1975. (Nuttall’s original manuscript is not reprinted, just the screenfold.) TP-F

O’Hanlon, Redmond. In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon. Vintage: 1988. TP-VG (take to work?)

Pollard, Helen Perstein. Tariacuri’s Legacy : The Prehispanic Tarascan State. University of Oklahoma: 1993. F/F

Posnansky, Ing. Arthur; translated by James F. Shearer. Tihuanacu : The Cradle of American Man [La Cuna del Hombre Americano], Vol III, IV. Ministerio de Educacion, La Paz: 1957. VG/None

Ragghianti, Carol Ludovico; Licia Ragghianti Collobi. National Museum of Anthropology: Mexico City. Newsweek: 1970. VG/None

Read, Kay Almere; Jason J. Gonzalez. Mesoamerican Mythology: A guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs of Mexico and Central America. Oxford University Press: 2000. TP-F

Rice, Don Stephen. Latin American Horizons: A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 11th and 12th October 1986. Dumbarton Oaks: 1993. F/None

Riley, Carrol L. (ed.); J. Charles Kelley; Campbell W. Pennington; Robert L. Rands. Man across the Sea: Problems of Pre-Columbian Contacts. University of Texas Press: 1971. HC-VG/no

Riley, G. Micheal. Fernando Cortes and the Marquesado in Morelos, 1522-1547: A Case Study in the Socioeconomic Development of Sixteenth-Century Mexico. University of New Mexico Press: 1973. F/VG

Sabloff, Jeremy A. The Cities of Ancient Mexico: Reconstructing a Lost World, Revised Edition. Thames & Hudson: 1997. TP-VG

Schwartz, Marion. A History of Dogs in the Early Americas. Yale Univeristy: 1997. TP-F

Soustelle, Jacques. The Four Suns: Recollections and Reflections of an Ethnologist in Mexico. Grossman: 1971. VG/VG

Soustelle, Jacques. The Olmecs: The Oldest Civilization in Mexico. Doubleday: 1984. F/VG

Spores, Ronald. The Mixtecs in Ancient and Colonial Times. University of Oklahoma: 1984. F/F

Stark, Barbara L.; Philip J. Arnold III. Olmec to Aztec: Settlement Patterns in the Ancient Gulf Lowlands. University of Arizona: 1997. VG/VG

Stephens, John L. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, with 111 Illustrations, in Two Volumes. Dover: 1854/1969. (Also have old vol. 2 of Yucatan, Harper & Bros: 1868)

Tompkins, Peter. Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids. Harper & Row: 1976. VG/VG

van Roojen, Pepin. Ancient Mexican Designs w/ CD-ROM (Pepin Press Agile Rabbit Editions) Pepin Press: 2002. TP-F w/ CD

von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang. Maya Explorer: John Lloyd Stephens and the Lost Cities of Central America and Yucatan. University of Oklahoma Press: 1947. VG/No

von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang; Dard Hunter (introduction.) The Aztec and Maya Papermakers. New York: J.J. Augustin, 1944. This actually came as part of a papermaking collection, and I must say it’s a book I had never noticed in any bibliography! Tipped in as frontispiece is a printed page from the Dresden Codex, executed on huun-paper in the period of the League of Mayapan. I need to find the original limited edition of 220 which includes 7 original paper samples (photographed in this ed.) This has also been reprinted in paperback in 1999 & hardcover in 1977. HC-VG/G

Von Wuthenau, Alexander; E. W. Hathaway (translator). Tepotzotlan (Art and Color in Mexico, Volume 1). Von Stetten Fotocolor: 1941. TP-VG/Slipcase (Awesome illustrations of Colonial baroque monestary.)

Voorhies, Barbara. Ancient Trade and Tribute: Economies of the Soconusco Region of Mesoamerica. Univ. Utah: 1989. HC-VG

Westheim, Paul. The Art of Ancient Mexico. Doubleday: 1965, MM-VG

Wilgus, A. Curtis. Latin America in Maps: Historic, Geographic, Economic. Barnes & Noble: 1943. TP-G (plumber dropped this one in sink.)

Wilson, James A. Bits of Old Mexico. Self Published, San Francisco: 1910. G/No. (Amusing and interesting – but light – travelogue.)

Fiction (just for fun)

PLEASE CONTACT ME if you know of any titles of Aztec fiction, plays, or long poems. I am working on a bibliography, and all leads are appreciated. (Nearing 500 titles thus far.)

Bennett, Rowena; Fiore Mastri (illustrator). Runner for the King. Follett: 1944. (Kids’ book on the Incas.)

Bishop, Michael. Stolen Faces. Victor Gollancz: 1977. VG/VG (review copy). The planet Tezcatl is Aztec-culture society which has an infection of muphormosy, similar to leprosy . . . or does it?

Davidson, Avram. Clash of the Star-Kings. Ace (Double): 1966.

Esquivel, Laura. Malinche. Washington Square Press: 2006. Feminist reinterpretation of Malinche. TP-VG

Falkenhorst, C.; adapted by Elise L. Lathrop. With Cortez in Mexico: A Historical Romance. Hurst & Co: 1892.

Haggard, H. Rider. Montezuma’s Daughter. Hodder & Stoughton: 1893/1919. Fair/No.

Ingraham, Joseph Holt. >Montezuma, the Serf, or the Revolt of the Mexitili, a Tale of the Last Days of the Aztec Dynasty. H. L. Williams: 1845. G/No (Virtually no basis in history, but still a nice tale with a Arthurian/chivalric feel. Scarce.)

Jennings, Gary. Aztec. Avon: 1980. MM-G (well done, basic historical novel)

Jennings, Gary. Aztec Autumn. Forge, 1997. F/VG. (Second in the trilogy ending with “Aztec Blood.” 2009 Update: this series is continuing. Now a total of 5.)

Kidwell, Carl. Arrow in the Sun. Viking: 1961. Illustrated with line drawings, a teen novel. VG/G.

MacLeish, Archibald. Conquistador. Houghton Mifflin: 1932. VG/no 6/e. (Pulitzer-winning epic poem of the Conquest.)

Marshall, Edison. Cortez and Marina. Doubleday/Popular Library: 1963. MM-G

Murray, Yxta Maya. The Conquest. HarperCollins: 2002. G/G exlib

Novo, Salvador. The War of the Fatties and Other Stories from Aztec History. Univesity of Texas: 1994. VG/VG

Saberhagen, Fred. The Mask of the Sun. Tor: 1979. ’87 MM.

Shearer, Tony. Lord of the Dawn: Quetzalcoatl. Naturegraph Publishers: 1971. TP-G (poetry inspired by Aztec thought & history.)

Shellabarger, Samuel. Captain from Castile. Little, Brown: 1945. ‘65-BCE-VG/G

Somerlott, Robert. Death of the Fifth Sun. Viking: 1987. Xlib-G/VG (Interesting in that it is told through the voice of Malinche. Some of it actually makes sense in clearing up a few of the more mysterious parts of the Conquest.)

Steele, Philip. The Aztec News. Candlewick Press: 1997. (Kids’ book in form of newspaper. Well done.)

Velasquez, Pedro. From John L. Stevens et al. Memoir of an Eventful Expedition in Central America; Resulting in the Discovery of the Idolatrous City of Iximaya, in an Unexplored Region; and the Possession of Two Remarkable Aztec Children, Descendants and Specimens of the Sacerdotal Caste, (Now Nearly Extinct) of the Ancient Aztec Founders of the Ruined Temples of that Country, Described by John L. Stevens, Esq., and Other Travellers. New York: J. W. Bell, 1850. Taped covers, possible first, but want the illustrated English edition.
Sabin 98812: “The Spanish original of the above and its author are myths. The chief interest lies in its connection with the history of the American circus, having been published to advertise the exhibition of the supposed “Aztec” children. A ms. note of E.G. S[quier] filed with Joseph Sabin’s memoranda states that the children were born in the town of Usulutan, or Usulatan, south west of San Miguel, of mixed Indian, Spanish, and negro stock. Frequently reprinted in connection with exhibitions in the United States and in England, with the title ‘Illustrated Memoir.’ As is hinted in the title, the whole purpose of this hoax, which became a travelling performance, was to capitalize on the extraordinary interest that Stephens’ two books on his discoveries in the Mayan lands had aroused. It can also be classed as ‘Lost Race fiction.'”

Wallace, Lew. The Fair God, or, The Last of the ‘Tzins: A Tale of the Conquest of Mexico. Houghton, Mifflin: 1873. VG/No 1887.

Watson, Virginia; Frank E. Schoonover (illus.) With Cortes the Conqueror.
Hampton Publishing Co.: (orig. 1917). VG/No. (Original edition is by Penn Pub. Co., this is probably 30’s reprint.)


Acosta, Joseph de. De Natura Novi Orbis. Salamanca: 1590. (or any English translation)
Aguilar, Fray Francisco de. Relacion Breve de la Conquista de la Nueva Espana (1560-1565) Mexico City: UNAM, 1977
Alva Ixtlilxochitl, Fernando de. Obras Historicas (1625) Mexico City: UNAM, 1985
Benson, Elizabeth (ed.) Ritual Human Sacrifice in Mesoamerica.Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks, 1984.
Beristain y Souza, Jose Mariano. Biblioteca Hispano Americana Septentrional . Amecameca: Colegio Catolico, 1883-1889 (3 vols + supplements). This may have been reprinted in 1980s.
Berlin, Heinrich (ed.) Anales de Tlatelolco (1530). Mexico: Robredo y Editorial Porrua, 1948
Brundage, Burr Cartwright. A Rain of Darts. Austin: Univ. Texas, 1972.
Emmart, Emily Walcott (ed.) Badianus Manuscript (Codex Barberini, Latin 241). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1940.
Lanyon, Anna. Malinche’s Conquest. Allen & Unwin, 2000.