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Ms. Codex 1390 - [Ledger of Arrigucci debtors and creditors and memoranda]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1390 - [Ledger of Arrigucci debtors and creditors and memoranda]
[Ledger of Arrigucci debtors and creditors and memoranda] [manuscript].
[Italy], 1521-1524.
Physical description:
182 leaves : paper ; 282 x 212 mm. bound to 289 x 215 mm. + 1 note.
Ledger of debtors and creditors and memoranda of Donato Arrigucci for the years 1521-1524. Often includes the nature of a given credit or debt and its amount, as well as listing the names of the individuals that hold the debt or credit. Among the names that appear there are Giovanbattista and Jacopo Giocondi; Bonifacio and Donato Forzi; and Giuliano and Francesco Ambrogi. The counterparts are usually members of the aristocratic Florentine families, but transactions with servants or employees of the Arrigucci family are not uncommon. Some transactions are settled in cash, others in kind (with animals, produce or textiles), regardless of whether the counterpart is a family member or an employee. Memoranda offer a more detailed description of single transactions, such as the events which led to a credit or a debt.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, i (parchment) + 182 + i (parchment); [i], 1-181; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto (leaves 69-129, 145-169 and 173-181 are blank).
Layout: Written in 3 columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the small column on the left with the transaction number, the large central column with the name of the counterpart and a brief description of the transaction, and the small one on the right with the amount of the transaction. In certain cases the large central column contains itemized accounts of a transaction within one entry. Memoranda written in long lines.
Script: Written in a cursive script, perhaps by multiple hands.
Decoration: Signet on f. 141r and f. 142v.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Ancre 442, (Florence, 1510).
Binding: Contemporary vellum, no. 218.2 on spine; the heading Quaderno e ricordanze and letter G with decorative penwork on upper cover; lower cover wraps around upper cover with remnants of leather ties; decorative leatherwork on spine.
Origin: Written in Italy between 1521 (f. 1r) and 1524 (f. 66v).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1390
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1390
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