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Ms. Codex 1509 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors and accounts]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1509 - [Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors and accounts]
[Ledger of Medici debtors and creditors and accounts] [manuscript].
[Florence], 1537.
Physical description:
58 leaves : paper ; 211 x 143 mm.
Ledger of debtors, creditors, and accounts of an unidentified member of the Medici family for the year 1537. 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 Piero and Luigi Capponi; Giovanni Ambrogini; Benedetto di Polito; Giacomo Corbinelli; Ottaviano de' Medici; Lorenzo Sarafini; Bastiano Ridolfi; Carlo Renzoni; Tommaso Vespucci; Jacopo and Agnolo Da Rimagno; the Capitolo delle monache delle convertite (f. 12v, f. 14v, f. 15v, f. 19v), a nunnery for young women, often prostitutes, who converted to Catholicism; the Spedale di Santa Maria Novella (f. 19v), a Florentine church which also offered medical help to pilgrims and those in need; and the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (f. 2v, f. 13v).
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, 58; [i], 1-49, [50-57]; contemporary foliation in ink; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto (f. 48-57 are blank).
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 appearing as debtors or creditors on facing pages. The leaves of the present manuscript are sewn and there is no binding.
Script: Written in a cursive script.
Watermark: Unidentified watermark containing a large pine cone.
Origin: Written in Florence in 1537 (f. [i] recto).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1509
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1509
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