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Ms. Codex 1275 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1275 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors]
Title:
[Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Italy, ca. 1535]
Physical description:
112 leaves : paper ; 339 x 237 mm. bound to 344 x 242 mm.
Summary:
A ledger of debtors and creditors of Carlo Medici for the years 1534-1535. Often includes the nature of a given credit or debt and its amount, as well as listing the names of the individuals or the institutions that hold the debt or credit, the most important being the Opera i operai di Santa Maria del Fiore (p. 32), the frati di Santa Croce (p. 68), and the Capitani di parte [guelfa] (p. 76), a Florentine magistracy.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Pagination: Paper, i (parchment), + 112 leaves, + i (parchment); versos numbered 1-106, [107-112], contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper left verso; rectos numbered i-viiii, 10, xi-xxiiii, [xxv], xxvi-lxxxii, [lxxxiii], lxxxiiii, [lxxxv-lxxxvi], lxxxvii-lxxxx, [lxxxxi], lxxxxii-lxxxxv, [lxxxxvi], lxxxxvii-c, [ci], 102, ciii-cvi, [cvii-cxi], contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper right recto (leaves after p. 106 are blank but ruled). Each opening has a matched arabic numeral on the left and a roman numeral on the right, with the exception of p. 10 and 102, which have matching arabic numerals on both recto and verso.
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 and debt, and the smaller one on the right with the amount of the debt or credit in arabic numerals. Usually credits are listed on the left page and debts are listed on the right page of an opening, with the same individuals and institutions appearing as debtors or creditors on facing pages on some cases.
Script: Written in cursive script.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Echelle, 5926 (Florence, 1524-32).
Binding: Contemporary vellum, no. 30 on spine, the heading Q[uadern]o di chassa terzo; no. 293 on upper cover; lower cover wraps around upper cover with leather straps, metal buckle on upper cover; decorative leatherwork on spine.
Origin: Written in Italy, ca. 1535 (latest date of entries, p. 106).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1275
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1275
 
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