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Oversize Ms. Codex 1551 Ledger of Gondi accounts


Ledger of Gondi accounts


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Oversize Ms. Codex 1551
(3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6206., University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts)

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University of Pennsylvania




Written in Florence, in 1575 (f. 1r).


Ledger of accounts of an unidentified member of the Gondi family, at least partly kept by Alfonso Gondi in their stead, for the year 1575. Often includes the nature of a given credit or debt and its amount, as well as listing the names of the individuals that hold the debt or credit. Among the names that appear throughout the ledger and who act as counterparts in the transactions, the most frequent are Francesco de' Medici, Benedetto Uguccioni, Antonio and Averardo Salviati, and many others. However, with the exception of the aforementioned individuals, who were members of different Florentine aristocratic families who frequently did business with the Gondi, most of the other counterparts that appear in the ledger are probably construction workers employed in the family business. Transactions are often related to the sale or purchase of products used in the construction industry (including wood, sand, tiles, and various clay artifacts), as well as small debts and credits. A very small number of entries are related to the gabelle delle bestie, a tax on a percentage of the revenues derived from the sale of sheep and cattle, although it is not clear whether the Gondi acted as collectors for the grand-duke, or whether they were tax payers, or both.



Unidentified watermark containing an oval, a triangle, and a very thin cross.


46 leaves : 296 x 202 mm


Paper, 46; [i], 1-44, [45], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto (f.4-5 and f.30-45 are blank).




  • Written in 2 columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the large column on the left with the description of the transaction, and the smaller one on the right with its amount. Sometimes long lines are also used.
  • Script

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

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