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Ms. Codex 1289 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1289 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors]
[Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors] [manuscript].
[Italy, ca. 1546]
Physical description:
96 leaves : paper ; 336 x 228 mm. bound to 348 x 230 mm.
Ledger of debtors and creditors of Carlo de' Medici for the years 1544-1546. Often includes the nature of a given credit or debt and its amount, as well as listing the names of the individuals or institutions that hold the debt or credit, the most important being the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (p. 2); the Capitolo delle monache delle convertite (p. 14), a nunnery for young women, often prostitutes, who converted to Catholicism; the Spedale di Santa Maria degli Innocenti (p. 18), a children's orphanage in Florence; and the Spedale di Santa Maria Novella (p. 18), a Florentine church which also offered medical help to pilgrims and those in need.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, 96 leaves; versos numbered 1-22, xxiii, 24-85, [86-96], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper left verso; rectos numbered [i], i-lii, [liii], liiii-lxv, [lxvi], lxvii-lxxxi, [lxxxii], lxxxiii-lxxxiiii, [lxxxv-lxxxxv], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Each opening has a matched arabic numeral on the left and a roman numeral on the right.
Layout: Written in 2 columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the large column on the left with the debtor or creditor and a brief description of the credit or debt, and the smaller one on the right with the amount of the credit or debt in arabic numerals. Usually credits are listed on the left page and debts on the right page of an opening, with the same individuals or institutions appearing as debtors or creditors on facing pages.
Script: Written in a cursive script, perhaps by multiple hands.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Echelle 5922 (Siena, 1495-1524).
Binding: Contemporary vellum, no. 34 on spine; the heading Q[uadern]o di cassa ventiduesimo, no. 306 on upper cover; lower cover with remnants of leather ties wraps around upper cover with leather strap; decorative leatherwork on spine.
Origin: Written in Italy, ca. 1546 (latest date of entries, p. 85).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1289
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1289
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