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Ms. Codex 1508 - Medici, Alamanno de' - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors and accounts]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1508 - Medici, Alamanno de' - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors and accounts]
Medici, Alamanno de'.
[Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors and accounts] [manuscript].
[Florence], 1475-1483.
Physical description:
147 leaves : paper ; 230 x 168 mm. bound to 243 x 171 mm. + 7 notes.
Ledger of debtors and creditors and miscellaneous accounts of Alemanno di Bernardo de' Medici for the years 1475-1483, written in the first person, at least partially by Alamanno di Bernardo himself. 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. Most counterparts are workers, tenants and employees (e.g. millers and bakers) of Alemanno, and in many transactions the name of Bernardo, son of Alemanno, appears, and the two worked together at times. A woman called Lina and referred to as 'mia moglie', also appears in the manuscript. Some transactions concerning the management of a farm, property of Alemanno, are also present.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, 147; [1], 2, 4-22, [i], 23, [i], 24-25, [i], 26-37, [i], 38-97, 100-103, 113-115, 121-124, 149-162, 165-166, [167], 168-178, 181-187, [188], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, 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. 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. Long lines are also used.
Script: Written in a cursive script, by multiple hands, including that of Alamanno di Bernardo de' Medici.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Echelle 5922 (Siena, 1495-1524), but with shorter, parallel sides.
Binding: Modern cloth.
Origin: Written in Florence, between 1475 (f.3r) and 1483 (f.100v).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1508
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1508
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