Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Codex 1504 Account book of Vincenzo Spada
TitleAccount book of Vincenzo Spada
Other related names
- Bernardinis, Martino, scribe
Call numberMs. Codex 1504
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4488189
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageItalian and Latin
Account of Vincenzo Spada, tax collector for the Papal States, for the years 1547-1551, possibly written by Martino Bernardinis. In 1547, Spada, who previously worked as a merchant in Lucca, was appointed by the Camera Apostolica to collect revenues for the pope from various parts of Italy after his predecessor, Benvenuto Oliverio, was fired from the job. Spada was in charge of collecting ordinary and extraordinary taxation first for Paul III and then for Julius III, from various parts of Italy (including Parma, Piacenza, Ferrara, Urbino, Pesaro, Napoli, Senigallia, and Camerino); from religious institutions and orders (e.g. the monasteries of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Vall'Ombrosa, San Girolamo, and San Giorgio in Alga, and orders of friars minor such as the Carthusians, the Camaldolese, the Celestines, and the Lateran Canons); and from individuals of a different fiscal status (such as Jews). The manuscript contains a number of copies of documents that record the changes that occurred over the years Spada was a collector in the papal taxation system, including tax increases and decreases and different policies related to tax matters. Accounts, sometimes itemized, are kept for the four years Spada was in service. Short memoranda that describe the circumstances that characterized collecting revenues in a diverse range of locations are also present. In certain cases, the payers leave their signature underneath Spada's annotations, confirming their name and the amount paid. Many of the passages that contain the guidelines issued by the Camera Apostolica are written in Latin (but are sometimes followed by a short summary in Italian) and written in a larger italic hand, whereas the passages where itemized accounts were transcribed are typically in Italian and written in a much faster and less careful hand.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger.
- Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Extent150 leaves : 346 x 220 mm. bound to 350 x 235 mm
FoliationPaper, 150; 1-130, 151-170; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto.
- Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1963.
- Accounting--Italy--16th century
- Taxation, Papal--Early works to 1800
- Monasticism and religious orders--Taxation
- Notarial documents
- Manuscripts, Italian--16th century
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
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