H. B. Nicholson

Henry Bigger Nicholson (September 5, 1925 March 2, 2007)[1] who published under the name H.B. Nicholson, was a scholar of the Aztecs. His major scholarly monograph is Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs (2001).[2]

H. B. Nicholson
Born(1925-09-05)September 5, 1925
DiedMarch 2, 2007(2007-03-02) (aged 81)
CitizenshipUnited States
Scientific career
FieldsThe Aztecs and prehispanic Mesoamerica generally

Nicholson died of a heart attack on March 2, 2007.



  • Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs Boulder: University Press of Colorado 2001

Articles and encyclopedia entries

  • Two Aztec Wood Idols: Iconographic and Chronologic Analysis (with Rainer Berger; 1968)
  • "Religion in Pre-Hispanic Central Mexico" In Handbook of Middle American Indians, vol. 10, 395-446, Eds. G. F. Ekholm and Ignacio Bernal, Austin, University oí Texas Press.
  • "Eduard Georg Seler, 1849-1922," Handbook of Middle American Indians(HMAI) Guide to Ethnohistorical Sources, Vol. 13 Part 2. (1973) pp. 348-369.
  • "Sahagún’s Primeros Memoriales, Tepepulco", HMAI vol. 13 pp. 207-217.
  • "Middle American Ethnohistory: An Overview," HMAI, vol. 15 pp. 487-505.
  • Origins of Religious Art & Iconography in Preclassic Mesoamerica (as editor; 1976)
  • Pre-Columbian Art from the Land Collection (with Alana Cordy-Collins; 1979)
  • Art of Aztec Mexico: Treasures of Tenochtitlan (with Eloise Quiñones Keber; 1983)
  • Mixteca-Puebla: Discoveries and Research in Mesoamerican Art and Archaeology (edited with Eloise Quiñones Keber; 1994)
  • "Borgia Group of Pictorial Manuscripts" in Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures (OEMC), New York: Oxford University Press 2001, vol. 1, pp. 98-101.
  • "Feathered Serpent" OEMC, vol. 1, pp. 397-400.
  • "Mixteca-Puebla Style" OEMC, vol. 2, pp. 329-330.
  • "Bernardino de Sahagún" OEMC, vol. 3, pp.105-113.
  • "Eduard Seler" OEMC, vol. 3, pp. 134-37.
  • "Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl" OEMC vol. 3, 246-247.


  1. Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. Dr. H.B. Nicholson - ‘Grandfather’ of Aztecs Studies - Mexicolore


Cordy-Collins, Alana; Douglas Sharon, eds. (1993). Current Topics in Aztec Studies: Essays in Honor of Dr. H.B. Nicholson. San Diego, CA: San Diego Museum of Man. ISBN 0-937808-58-X. OCLC 29529785.
Olivier, Guilhem (2007). "Henry B. Nicholson (1925–2007)" (online reproduction). Journal de la Société des américanistes (in French). Paris: Société des Américanistes. 93 (2). ISSN 0037-9174. OCLC 1765786.
Quiñones Keber, Eloise (2007). "Gifts of the Feathered Serpent: The Life and Career of H. B. Nicholson (1925–2007)". Ancient Mesoamerica. London and New York: Cambridge University Press. 18 (1): 3–10. doi:10.1017/S0956536107000132. ISSN 0956-5361. OCLC 21544811.

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