The Dresden Codex
The Dresden Codex, also known as the Codex Dresdensis, is a pre-Columbian Maya book of the eleventh or twelfth century of the Yucatecan Maya in Chichen Itze. The Maya codex is believed to be a copy of an original text of some three or four hundred years earlier. It is the oldest book written in the Americas known to historians. The Dresden codex is generally considered the most important of the few that survive. The Book is kept in the museum of the Saxon State and University Library in Dresden. The manuscript was acquired in Vienna from an unknown person in 1739 by chief librarian of the Dresden library Kurfürstliches IK Getse.
The manuscript dating from 1200-1250, consists of 39 pages, which are the inscriptions on both sides. Sheets of paper made from the bark of Ficus have a size of about 20.5 to 10 cm, and were glued together as Leporello. Length when unfolded was approximately 3.5 m Currently manuscript exhibited in the museum in the form of two parts – the sheets of 20 and 19 pages. Dresden Codex – the only Mayan manuscripts available to visitors for free viewing.