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Ms. Codex 1434 Ledger of ambassadorial expenses
TitleLedger of ambassadorial expenses
Call numberMs. Codex 1434
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4454913
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Ledger of expenses of Fabbio Giunigi (later archbishop of Ravenna), Bartolomeo Frangioni and Raffaele Mansi, Florentine ambassadors to the Pope, for the years 1669-1670. It includes very detailed accounts of the expenses the three diplomats incurred during their stay in Rome and their trips to Siena, Lucca, and Florence. Expenses related to food purchased for the sustenance of the ambassadors or for banquets they had for guests included fish (caviar, eel, tuna, tuna eggs, anchovies, sea bass, mullet and herring); meat (beef, birds, various types of sausages, goat, chicken, pigeons and lamb); fresh and dried fruit (watermelon, pears, cherries, lemon, pine nuts, almonds and dry figs); vegetables (spinach, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, onion, chard, capers, olives, fennel, broccoli, peas and squash); spices (cinnamon and pepper); bread and pasta (lasagne, tagliolini, loaves of flavored bread, white bread, and various cakes and sweet breads); cheese (goat's cheese, parmesan cheese, ricotta and sheep's cheese); wine and spirits (red and white wine, fizzy wine, sweet dessert wine) and various other items (sugar, marzipan, fresh eggs, rice and oil). Expenses for shoes and clothes of the ambassadors included tailor-made trousers and furs; velvet and cotton shirts; knee-high leather boots and suede shoes; coats of different lengths; and horse-riding accessories. Gifts the ambassadors gave to people they visited included majolica bowls and pans; fine china bowls, miniature figures and plates; and in a few cases a dog or two. Miscellaneous expenses of the ambassadors included a veterinary doctor's bill to medicate a sick horse; horse feed; horse accessories (brushes, saddles and other); carriage maintenance-related expenses; rent of properties in Rome where the three men stayed; and wages of their servants and helpers (including carriage-men, waiters, carpenters, builders and cleaners).
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger.
- Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Extent65 leaves : 344 x 237 mm. bound to 358 x 343 mm
FoliationPaper, 65; [i-ii], 1-63, contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
BindingContemporary vellum; the heading Spese fatte li serenissimi Fabbio Guinigi, Bartolomeo Frangioni, Raffaello Mansi, ambasciatori a Roma a Papa Clemente IX on upper cover.
- Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1961.
- Accounting--Italy--17th century
- Food habits--Italy--History--17th century
- Cookery, Italian--History
- Ambassadors--Italy--17th century
- Credit records
- Ledgers (account books)
- Manuscripts, Italian--17th century
- Manuscripts, European
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