Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Codex 1358 Ledger of Medici accounts
TitleLedger of Medici accounts
- Padovani, Francesco
Call numberMs. Codex 1358
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4444520
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Ledger of accounts of an unidentified member of the Medici family, written by Francesco Padovani, bursar, referred in the manuscript as the spenditore, for the years 1721-1726. It contains a detailed list of expenses related to food and drink and records the amount of every transaction. All the foods that appear throughout the ledger are typical Tuscan foods and the most frequent are bread and cakes; pasta (including lasagne); meat (roast veal, pork and pigeon, geese, lamb, ham, sausages, giblets, fatty chicken liver, quails, larks); fish (salted or boiled cod, oysters, anchovies, eel, tuna eggs); fruit and vegetables (artichokes, asparagus, cherries, lettuce, mushrooms, peas); cheese (ricotta, parmesan, sheep's cheese); salt and sugar. Expenses related to household management that do not concern food and drink, such as money spent for clothes, shoes and furniture, also appear in the ledger, but not very frequently. In certain cases the names of the counterparts (farmers, butchers, tailors) are also recorded. Expenses appear to be recorded daily, but at the end of each month there is a closing paragraph, written and signed by Francesco Padovani, where he gives the total expenditure for the month and a brief comment.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger.
- Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
WatermarkUnidentified watermark containing a fleur-de-lis with very round petals and bottom.
Extent255 leaves : 397 x 136 mm. bound to 406 x 155 mm. +
FoliationPaper, i (contemporary paper) + 255 + i (contemporary paper); 1-123, 125-153, 155-257; contemporary foliation in ink, upper left verso.
BindingContemporary parchment, no. 154 on spine; the heading Quad[erno] di spese, letter A with decorative penwork on upper cover; lower cover wraps around upper cover with leather ties; decorative leatherwork on spine.
- Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1961.
- Cookery, Italian--History
- Food habits--Italy--Florence--History--18th century
- Accounting--Italy--18th century
- Ledgers (account books)
- Manuscripts, Italian--18th century
- Manuscripts, European
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