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Ms. Codex 1290 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1290 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors]
[Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors] [manuscript].
[Italy], 1553-1572.
Physical description:
64 leaves : paper ; 277 x 210 mm. bound to 286 x 212 mm. + 4 notes.
Ledger of debtors and creditors of Carlo and Bastiano di Bernardo de' Medici for the years 1553-1572. Includes a section, titled Ricordi, that consists of memoranda of business contracts and their negotiation where a third party, writing in the first person, mentions Carlo and Bastiano de' Medici and sometimes other individuals and details of their business meetings.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, 64; [i], 1-63, contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto.
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. Memoranda written in long lines and for the most part only contain text.
Script: Written in a cursive script, perhaps by multiple hands.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Etoile, 6098 (Siena, 1495-1524).
Binding: Contemporary vellum, no. 36 on spine; the heading Debiti, Crediti, Ricordi, no. 126 and letter A with decorative penwork on upper cover; decorative leatherwork on spine.
Origin: Written in Italy, between 1553 (f. 1v) and 1572 (f. 53v)
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1290
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1290
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