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Oversize Ms. Codex 1540 Alphabetical index to Medici (?) account book


Alphabetical index to Medici (?) account book


Call number

Oversize Ms. Codex 1540
(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 between 1539 (f. 1r) and 1540 (f. 16r)


Alphabetical index with 18 lettered tabs, containing names of individuals and institutions that appear in an unidentified ledger of accounts, perhaps belonging to the Medici family and covering the years 1539-1540. The names of the individuals and institutions that appear in the index include Ottaviano and Cosimo de' Medici; Piero and Luigi Capponi; the heirs of Filippo Gondi; the Spedale di Santa Maria degli Innocenti; the Capitolo delle monache delle convertite, a nunnery for young women, often prostitutes, who converted to Catholicism; the Spedale di Santa Maria Novella, a Florentine church which also offered medical help to pilgrims and those in need; and the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. The cover is made of an early 14th-century vellum bifolium containing a passage from the treatise of medical botany, Clavis Sanationes sive Synonyma Medicinae (ca. 1290), by Simon Genuensis. This document is written in a Gothic script, in two columns, with red rubrics and blue initials and numerous marginalia.



Similar to Briquet, Enclume, 5963 (Florence, 1514-29).


18 leaves : 333 x 226 mm. bound to 330 x 211 mm


Paper, 18; [1-18]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.




Early 14th-century vellum (Zacour-Hirsch).


  • Written in a cursive script, perhaps by multiple hands.
  • Provenance






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