The Mesoamerican people knew about their past because it had been
preserved in their historical codices. Although they also recaled
long-gone peoples and events in oral stories, songs and
performances, the ancient mexicans relied principally on the
painted books to keep the past firm. Some of these ashtonishing
painted histories survived the Spanish invasion to provide an
invaluable resource for the subsequent postconquest chroniclers.
FCE presents a collection of the most important codices. They are
all facsimile editions accompanied with the history and
interporetation of the pictographical writing.