First off let me thank the powers that be for adding this forum. I think it would be a good idea to create a thread for each ancient civilization and their writings. That way we are not searching through a 50 page thread for a particular civilization. Lets start with this one:
MAYA HIEROGLYPHIC WRITING
The Ancient Maya Codices
We first learn of the Dresden Codex when we hear that Johann Christian Götze, Director of the Royal Library at Dresden, obtained the codex from the private owner in Vienna in 1739. In 1744, Götze gave it to the Royal Library, where it still resides. (The library's current name is the Sächsische Landesbibliothek). But not all has been "smooth sailing" for the Dresden; it sustained heavy water damage during the Dresden Fire Storms of WWII. Therefore, pre-WWII facsimiles are still very informative for study purposes. The following list includes some of the more interesting copies and facsimiles that have been produced:
If you go to the bottom of the page you can read it on line or download a PDF.