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Collection ID: 0001 | Metadata type: TEI | TEI XML | Data

LJS 379 Edict concerning Jews in Livorno and Pisa


Edict concerning Jews in Livorno and Pisa


Other related names

Call number

LJS 379
(3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6206., University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts)

Alternate identifiers


University of Pennsylvania




Written in Italy, possibly in Florence, after the edict was issued in 1593.
after 1593
Florence?, Italy


Copy of an edict inviting foreign merchants, especially Jews, to settle in Livorno and Pisa, and defining their rights and privileges. The original edict was issued from the ducal palace in Florence, dated 10 June 1593, and consists of 44 clauses. The rights and privileges included amnesty for offenses committed previously, freedom from debts incurred elsewhere, free safe conduct in Livorno, the right to conduct business throughout Tuscany, the same rights and privileges in conducting foreign trade as others in Tuscany, protection from extraordinary levies beyond the usual taxes, exemption from the regulations on Jews living in Florence and Siena, the right of Jews to build and maintain a synagogue and cemetery, the right to observe Jewish holidays, ownership of printed books or manuscripts reviewed by the Inquisition, ownership of real property, freedom to practice for Jewish doctors, permission to employ Christian servants, the right of heads of households to bear arms, and freedom from wearing an insignia signifying Jewish identity.



Sun in circle on flyleaves.


12 leaves : 257 x 200 (191 x 123) mm bound to 265 x 205 mm


Parchment, ii (contemporary paper) + 12 + ii (contemporary paper); 1-6²; [1-12]; modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto. Catchwords on some leaves, lower right verso (f. 2v-6v, 10v).




Contemporary Italian goatskin over pasteboard, blind-ruled, with one pair of linen ties and remnants of a second pair.


  • Written in 22 long lines, ruled in drypoint, with clauses numbered in the left margin.
  • Decoration

    Medici arms in ink (f. 1r); floral design in ink at end of text (f. 12r); inhabited 3-line initial in ink (f. 1v); simple 2-line initial in ink at the beginning of each clause.


  • Written in a humanistic script, with clause numbers and initials at the beginning of each clause in square capitals.
  • Provenance

    Subjects topical






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    Flyleaf 1 recto
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    Flyleaf 1 verso
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    Flyleaf 2 recto
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    Flyleaf 2 verso
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    fol. 1r
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    Decoration: Drawing, Coat of arms, f. 1r

    fol. 1v
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    Decoration: Decorated initial, Initial A, f. 1v

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    fol. 2v
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    fol. 3r
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    fol. 3v
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    fol. 4r
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    fol. 4v
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    fol. 5r
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    fol. 5v
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    fol. 6r
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    fol. 6v
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    fol. 7r
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    fol. 7v
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    fol. 8r
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    fol. 8v
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    fol. 9r
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    fol. 9v
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    fol. 10r
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    fol. 10v
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    fol. 11r
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    fol. 11v
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    fol. 12r
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    Decoration: Drawing, Flowers, f. 12r

    fol. 12v
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    Flyleaf 1 recto
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    Flyleaf 1 verso
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    Flyleaf 2 recto
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    Flyleaf 2 verso
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    Inside back cover
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    Back cover
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