Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI

Ms. Codex 1557 Copies of Medici correspondence concerning the mint

Title

Copies of Medici correspondence concerning the mint

Authors

Call number

Ms. Codex 1557
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Alternate identifiers

Publisher

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Language

Italian

Origin

Probably written in Florence in 1610 (f. 1v).
Date
1610
Place
Florence

Summary

Collection of 19 copies of miscellaneous letters and accounts originally written by Vincenzo di Carlo de' Medici while doing business in Rome and Naples in 1610. Most of the documents appear to be business letters of various levels of formality (from highly formal to letters written in the first person) addressed to counterparts located in various parts of Italy (including Rome, Genoa, Florence, and Naples). The letters concern various kinds of banking operations and other transactions between Vincenzo Medici and individual businessmen, including Fabio Guidi and Lodovico Girolamo Biffi from Florence. Vincenzo Medici acted as financial director for the family mint and his correspondence contains information about loans and interest; financial products traded in business 'fairs' (national or international over-the-counter markets, such as the Piacenza fair, mentioned throughout the manuscript, where financial instruments such as forward contracts or bills of exchange were traded); and money transfers between various branches of the Medici banks.

Notes

Watermark

Similar to Briquet, Tete humaine 15614 (Lucca, 1445), but with curlier hair and a pointier nose.

Extent

32 leaves : 344 x 231 mm. bound to 351 x 234 mm

Foliation

Paper, i (paper) + 32; 1-7,9-10, [11-33], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto (leaves 10-33 are blank).

Support

Paper

Binding

Contemporary vellum over papaer, no. 86 on spine; the heading 1610: Libro di diverse lettere scritte fuori da Vincenzo de' Medici per la zecca, no. 45 on upper cover.

Script

  • Written in a cursive script, by multiple hands.
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