Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI

Ms. Codex 1576 Consulto fatto in Napoli, per commissione reale, dalli signori cavalieri palermitani, per rimettersi in sesto il Senato di Palermo

Title

Consulto fatto in Napoli, per commissione reale, dalli signori cavalieri palermitani, per rimettersi in sesto il Senato di Palermo

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Call number

Ms. Codex 1576
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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Publisher

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Language

Italian

Origin

Probably written in Naples in 1774 (f. i recto).
Date
1774
Place
Naples

Summary

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).

Notes

Extent

40 leaves : 296 x 208 mm. bound to 299 x 209 mm

Foliation

Paper, 40; [i-vi], 1-73, [74], contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners.

Support

Paper

Binding

Contemporary colored paste paper boards.

Layout

  • Written in 2 columns with vertical bounding lines in blind; the larger column on the right, of 25 lines, and the smaller, on the left, containing a brief description of the topics dealt with on the larger column.
  • Script

  • Written in a cursive script.
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