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[Ledger of Amadori accounts and memoranda] [manuscript].

Author/Creator:
Amadori, Andrea
Publication:
[Italy], 1547-1552.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
96 leaves : paper ; 212 x 167 mm. bound to 235 x 169 mm.
Subjects:
Amadori family.
Accounting -- Italy -- 16th century.
Textile industry -- Italy -- Early works to 1800.
Farm management -- Italy.
Form/Genre:
Codices.
Accounts.
Credit records.
Ledgers (account books)
Manuscripts, Italian -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Language:
Italian.
Summary:
Ledger of accounts and memoranda of Andrea Amadori for the years 1547-1552. Parts of the memoranda are written by Andrea Amadori in the first person. Contains miscellaneous accounts of transactions concerning small debts and credits; the payment of rent from tenants; farm management for the podere di Castelfranco, property of Andrea Amadori; and textile business with dyers and various other textile workers. Although most counterparts are either employees or tenants of Andrea Amadori, there are money exchanges between other kinds of counterparts, such as the Frati of the Convento di San Donato, located in Scarlino, south of Florence. Memoranda contain more detailed descriptions of the events that led to the creation of a debt or a credit and, in certain cases, itemized accounts of single transactions are also present (especially for transactions related to farm management, where detailed production accounts are present in the memoranda after a brief commentary). The cover of the manuscript is made from an earlier document on parchment (perhaps of the late 14th century) written in Latin.
Contents:
1. f.1v-70v: [Accounts]
2. f.71r-80v: [Memoranda]
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, 96; [i], 1-80, [81-95], contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 2 columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the large column on the left with the debtor or creditor and a brief description of the credit or debt, and the smaller one on the right with the amount of the credit or debt. Usually credits are listed on the left page and debts on the right page of an opening, with the same individuals or institutions appearing as debtors or creditors on facing pages. Memoranda written in long lines.
Script: Written in a cursive script by multiple hands, including that of Andrea Amadori.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Fleur-de-lis 6888 (Pistoia, 1490).
Binding: Contemporary vellum, no. 192 and 73 on spine; the heading Ricordi Andrea Amadori and letter A on upper cover; lower cover wraps around upper cover with remnants of leather ties.
Origin: Written in Italy between 1547 (f. 70v) and 1552 (f. 42r).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1961.
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 208 (Ms. Lea 312).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1381
OCLC:
302411865
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