Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI

Ms. Codex 1539 Ledger of Medici accounts

Title

Ledger of Medici accounts

Call number

Ms. Codex 1539
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Alternate identifiers

Publisher

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Language

Italian

Origin

Written in Italy between 1563 (f. 1r) and 1569 (f. 46r).
Date
1563-1569
Place
Italy

Summary

Ledger of accounts of Ludovico Giraldi and Vincenzo de' Medici for the years 1563-1569. Ludovico and Vincenzo were both 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. Like other lanaioli, they saw all the processes from the raw baled wool through the final cloth, and the present manuscript reflects their various activities. Most of the counterparts were other textile merchants, dyers, tailors, or members of the guild. Thus, the transactions recorded in the ledger are, for the most part debts, credits or expenses related to the purchase of wool, cloth or semi-finished textile goods, as well as salary payments made to various members of the guild. The business counterparts of Vincenzo and Ludovico that appear in the ledger include members of the most prestigious Florentine families, such as Guglielmo degli Albizzi, Filippo Salviati, Giovanbattista Detti, Alessandro de' Medici, Federigo de' Ricci, and Pancrazio Rucellai. Among the names of the workers that appear in the ledger, the ones that recur more frequently are those of Piero Baldocci; Filippo Marinuggi; Francesco and Lorenzo Corsini; Luca Salvucci; and Giovanni Buontalenti. A very small number of transactions with other artisans such as shoe- and hat-makers, whose activities were only marginally related to those of the lanaioli, are also present.

Notes

Watermark

Similar to Briquet, Arbre 773 (Livorno, 1512), but with a small star on top.

Extent

48 leaves : 275 x 205 mm. bound to 289 x 217 mm

Foliation

Paper, 48; [1], 2-19, xx, 21-46, [47-48], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in ink, upper right recto (f. 47-48 are blank).

Support

Paper

Binding

Contemporary vellum, no. 124 on spine; the heading Quadernaccio, signet LV, no. 134 and letter B with decorative penwork on upper cover; lower cover with remnants of leather ties wraps around upper cover; decorative leatherwork on spine.

Layout

  • Written in 2 columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the large central column with a brief description of the debt, credit or expense, including the name of the counterparts involved in the transaction, and the smaller one on the right with the amount received or disbursed.
  • Script

  • Written in a cursive script by multiple hands.
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