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LJS 379 Edict concerning Jews in Livorno and Pisa
TitleEdict concerning Jews in Livorno and Pisa
- Ferdinando I, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, 1549-1609
Other related names
- Ginori Conti, Piero, 1865-1939 (former owner)
- Schoenberg, Lawrence J (former owner)
Call numberLJS 379
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4985751
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
- after 1593
Copy of an edict inviting foreign merchants, especially Jews, to settle in Livorno and Pisa, and defining their rights and privileges. The original edict was issued from the ducal palace in Florence, dated 10 June 1593, and consists of 44 clauses. The rights and privileges included amnesty for offenses committed previously, freedom from debts incurred elsewhere, free safe conduct in Livorno, the right to conduct business throughout Tuscany, the same rights and privileges in conducting foreign trade as others in Tuscany, protection from extraordinary levies beyond the usual taxes, exemption from the regulations on Jews living in Florence and Siena, the right of Jews to build and maintain a synagogue and cemetery, the right to observe Jewish holidays, ownership of printed books or manuscripts reviewed by the Inquisition, ownership of real property, freedom to practice for Jewish doctors, permission to employ Christian servants, the right of heads of households to bear arms, and freedom from wearing an insignia signifying Jewish identity.
WatermarkSun in circle on flyleaves.
Extent12 leaves : 257 x 200 (191 x 123) mm bound to 265 x 205 mm
CollationParchment, ii (contemporary paper) + 12 + ii (contemporary paper); 1-6²; [1-12]; modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto. Catchwords on some leaves, lower right verso (f. 2v-6v, 10v).
BindingContemporary Italian goatskin over pasteboard, blind-ruled, with one pair of linen ties and remnants of a second pair.
LayoutWritten in 22 long lines, ruled in drypoint, with clauses numbered in the left margin.
Medici arms in ink (f. 1r); floral design in ink at end of text (f. 12r); inhabited 3-line initial in ink (f. 1v); simple 2-line initial in ink at the beginning of each clause.
ScriptWritten in a humanistic script, with clause numbers and initials at the beginning of each clause in square capitals.
- Formerly owned by Prince Piero Ginori Conti, ms. 10375 (bookplate inside upper cover).
- Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 19 May 2000, lot 229, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
- Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle in honor of Arthur Kiron, Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections, Penn Libraries, 2011.
- Manuscripts, Italian
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
Inside front cover
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Decoration: Drawing, Coat of arms, f. 1r
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Decoration: Decorated initial, Initial A, f. 1v
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Decoration: Drawing, Flowers, f. 12r