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Ms. Codex 1524 - [Ledger of Medici accounts]
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1524 - [Ledger of Medici accounts]
Title:
[Ledger of Medici accounts] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Florence], 1581-1583.
Physical description:
61 leaves : paper ; 352 x 254 mm.
Summary:
Ledger of debtors, creditors, and accounts of an unidentified member of the Medici family for the year 1581-1583. The ledger, written in the first person, 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 various members of the Medici family, including Carlo de' Medici and his heirs; Vincenzo de' Medici; Elisabetta (referred to as Lisabetta) de' Medici; Giulio de' Medici; Bernardo de' Medici; Camillo Medici; numerous workers (including farmers, shoemakers; and wool workers); the Monte di pietà of Florence; Piero Pagni; Lionardo Giraldi (husband of Elisabetta de' Medici); Matteo di Francesco Brocchi; Filippo Spinelli; Vincenzo Latini; Francesco Risaliti; and Giovanbattista Detti. Contains accounts related to a large number of different activities, including the management of farms located in the Maremma, outside Florence (in particular, most transactions concern expenses for the well-being of horses and cattle); trades and payments made to members of the guild of the Lanaioli for services or for the purchase of textile products; expenses related to household management; and transactions with two booksellers, referred to as librai (p. 11 and p. xi).
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Pagination: Paper, i (paper) + 61; rectos numbered [i], i-lix, [lx], contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper right recto; versos numbered 1-60, [61], contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper left verso.
Layout: Written in 3 columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the smaller column on the left with the transaction number or the year in which the transaction took place, the large central column with the transaction and a brief description of it, and the smaller one on the right with its amount in Arabic numerals. In certain cases the large central column contains itemized accounts of a transaction within one entry. In the occurrence of both a debt and a credit with a specific counterpart, credits are usually 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.
Script: Written in a cursive script.
Watermark: Unidentified watermark containing a shield with mountains, a tree(?) and leaves.
Origin: Written in Italy between 1581 (p. 1) and 1583 (p. 1).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1524
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1524
 
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