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Ms. Codex 1576 Consulto fatto in Napoli, per commissione reale, dalli signori cavalieri palermitani, per rimettersi in sesto il Senato di Palermo
TitleConsulto fatto in Napoli, per commissione reale, dalli signori cavalieri palermitani, per rimettersi in sesto il Senato di Palermo
Other related names
- Charles III, King of Spain, 1716-1788, recipient
Call numberMs. Codex 1576
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4844329
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Financial report, addressed to the King of Spain, Charles III, describing the circumstances that lead the Senate of Palermo to incur a significant decrease of revenues and a sharp increase of expenses, as well as recommended measures to improve such an unstable economic situation. According to the commission of experts (that included the Princes of Camporeale, Cattolica, Pantelleria, Campofranco, Partanna, Iaci and Belmonte, the Dukes of Pratoameno, Cefalà, and Sinagra, and the Marquis of Francofonte) who convened in Naples in June 1774 and drafted the document, the recession reached its peak in the first few years of the 1770s, but had its roots in the previous century. In the 17th century costs associated with hosting popular celebrations (such as the procession for Saint Rosalia) and with maintaining a sumptuous court began an upward spiral, while taxes on consumer goods decreased exponentially, under pressure from the lower middle class, whose representatives had allegedly bribed or coerced senators to pass such laws. Poor harvests and the resulting shortage of produce also contributed to insufficient revenues for the Sicilian government. The report concludes with an angry, disenchanted request to the king to enforce his authority and reverse the destructive financial policies of the Senate. The volume contains a detailed table of contents (f. i-v).
- Ms. codex.
- Title from caption title (f. i recto).
- Forms part of: Villafiorita Ducal Records.
- 19th century paper wrapper from the Luigi Burgio Naselli archives with notes on contents and originally enclosing the manuscript is shelved with the manuscript.
Extent40 leaves : 296 x 208 mm. bound to 299 x 209 mm
FoliationPaper, 40; [i-vi], 1-73, , contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners.
BindingContemporary colored paste paper boards.
- Sold by Kurt L. Schwarz (Beverly Hills, Calif.).
- Palermo (Italy).--Senato
- Taxation--Italy--Sicily--Early works to 1800
- Financial records
- Manuscripts, Italian--18th century
- Manuscripts, European
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