Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI

Oversize Ms. Codex 1404 Ledger of Detti accounts


Ledger of Detti accounts


Call number

Oversize Ms. Codex 1404
(3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6206., University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Alternate identifiers


University of Pennsylvania




Written in Italy between 1565 (f. 1v) and 1568 (f. 89r).


Ledger of accounts of Camillo di Carlo de' Medici, Giammaria and Giovanbattista Detti for the years 1565-1568 written by Girolamo di Domenico Vanni. Camillo de' Medici, Giammaria and Giovanbattista Detti were members of the guild of the lanaioli, merchants who dealt in woolen cloth and cooperated with the other corporations of bankers and merchants in the comune of Florence. The lanaioli saw all the processes from the raw baled wool through the final cloth, woven at numerous looms scattered in domiciles throughout the city. The ledger reflects their various activities and mentions transactions with many different workers (including weavers, spinners and dyers) who were paid for their services. When recording these transactions, information about the various phases of wool manufacturing is also present, often described in great detail. The ledger also contains records of expenses and revenues derived from the manufacture of textile products and their sale. However, debts and credits with members of aristocratic Florentine families are not uncommon and the ledger often includes the nature of such transactions and their amount, as well as listing the names of the individuals that act as counterparts, the most important being Camillo and Ludovico delle Cerchia; Niccolo Bicci; Federigo de' Ricci; Giuliano Salvetti; Michele Landi; and Giovanni Acciaiuoli.



Unidentified watermark containing a decorated circle and a star.


96 leaves : 334 x 226 mm. bound to 340 x 235 mm


Paper, 96; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto (f.24-83 and 90-96 blank but ruled).




Contemporary vellum, no. 227 on spine; the heading Libro di entrata e di uscita, no. 171, signet D and letter C with decorative penwork on upper cover; lower cover with remnants of leather ties wraps around upper cover; decorative leatherwork on spine.


  • Written in columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the large central column with a brief description of the transaction, including the name of the counterparts involved, and the smaller one on the right with the amount received or disbursed.
  • Script

  • Written in a cursive script, in the hand of Girolamo di Domenico Vanni.
  • Provenance

    Subjects topical





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