Miskatonic University Monograph: Codex Beltrán-Escavy

Miskatonic University Monograph: Codex Beltrán-Escavy

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The first of our series of academic papers published by Miskatonic University Press in 1928, Archeological Interpretations of Myth Patterns in the Iconography of the Codex Belrtán-Escavy is a gem of collaborative scholarship by Miskatonic's own Prof. Nathaniel Ward and Prof. Albert Wilmarth.

In 1919, Prof. Ward made the remarkable discovery of a fragment of a pre-Columbian document in a collapsed church basement in Mexico. A handful of pages illustrated on deerskin, this document depicted a strange mythological tale from an ancient civilization. The archeological analysis of Prof. Ward and the folkloric contextualization by Prof. Wilmarth make this challenging relic accessible to scholars and laymen alike.

This monograph includes an introduction by Henry Armitage and six full color plates featuring recreations of the damaged original artwork by celebrated Boston artist Martin St. John. The monograph also features a triple-wide foldout centerfold photograph of the original document.

Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos and archeology will find much to like in this handsome recreation of an academic mongraph of yesteryear. This monograph is ideally suited for collectors of mythos memorabilia and for role playing gamers looking for a prop that's able to withstand a high level of scrutiny.

The monograph features 19 pages of text, 6 full-color plates, a glossy triple width centerfold and more. It is 5.5 x 8.5 inches, saddle stapled with a high quality moss green cover.

Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews
Lt. Michael Lamb
Not just a pretty book

Pre-Columbian works are hard to come by and even harder to understand but Prof. Nathaniel Ward and Prof. Albert Wilmarth. present for your review hard evidence of the existence of a cult that reaches back in time to the building blocks of man that stands erect as you know him.
The examples of art from that period should be taken as definitive proof that we are not alone in the cosmos.
We are but the food fed to the goldfish of the gods. Read and witness the fact as man did on the discovery that the earth is not flat resting on the back of a turtle.
This is not just a pretty book it is a key to your demise. Turn it and open the door.

Jeremy L
Barlow would like this.

This is a really cool monograph that would make a cool conversation start with other Lovecraft fans. It's a very detailed and well written prop perfect for your CoC games or just to have.

Benjamin D.
Miskatonic University Press scores big

This is an incredible document. The authenticity is truly amazing, from the texture of the paper to the footnotes and photographs, everything about it makes Lovecraft’s world feel real. I love it.

As I Suspected!

Another fantastic product! Looks, feels and reads like an academic monograph. So interesting in light of the stunning findings in Antarctica soon after it was published. Another really fun Lovecraftian mini-experience.


A remarkably effective, and beautifully-produced, booklet, in the typical format of an early 20th-century learned monograph. Indeed the overall style persists in a few places today. The genuine astronomical bimonthly journal “The Observatory” still uses a near-identical paper size, font set, general page layout, and glossy photo paper for the most important images, for instance. The content too is an impressive, abbreviated reinterpretation of what Professor Dyer recorded seeing from the Elder Things’ Antarctic sculpted friezes in “At the Mountains of Madness”, here through the prism of early Meso-American artistic traditions. The illustrations, whether sketches, reconstructed colour drawings or photographs of the original, now-lost, Codex fragment, are exemplary, with a text description and discussion to match. I look forward to seeing the Miskatonic University monograph on Innsmouth’s sea-shanties. Perhaps in the fullness of time, someone may recover a copy of Professor Dyer’s monograph on the sculptures of Antarctica too, with its detailed photographic and sketch-drawing records, and reproduce that similarly? Meanwhile, this Codex Beltrán-Escavy text is a marvellous substitute.