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[Medici inventories for the L'Agliata estate] [manuscript].

Publication:
[Florence], 1499-1500.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
38 leaves : paper ; 288 x 218 mm. bound to 285 x 219 mm.
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Subjects:
Medici, House of -- Archives.
Accounting -- Italy -- 15th century.
Farm life -- Italy -- History.
House furnishings -- Italy.
Property -- Italy -- 15th century.
Italy -- Rural conditions.
Form/Genre:
Codices.
Inventories.
Manuscripts, Italian -- 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Language:
Italian.
Summary:
Notebook of memoranda and inventories of the assets and properties of a large estate called L'Agliata, owned by the Medici family, for the years 1499-1500. The estate, probably located between Livorno and Volterra, consisted of 20 houses (referred to as poderi), each with its own land and, often, stables. For every podere, a brief description of its most relevant physical features is given, as well as estimate of its value, the value of the land attached to it, and what was grown on that land at the time the inventory was composed. In certain cases, information about the amount of cattle belonging to each podere is also present. Short notes and commentaries on how to improve the current situation and production of the properties are also quite common. At the end of the first section (f.11r), there is a list of locations close to L'Agliata and, for each location, an estimated distance (perhaps in Florentine miles) from them to the podere is given. The second section contains a very concise and likely partial inventory of the movable possessions that could be found in the estate. In spite of its brevity, this inventory is not limited to large pieces of household properties, but also includes kitchen, garden and farm equipment and instruments, as well as personal accessories and ornaments. The entries were almost entirely written in 1499, but many of them contain additions dated 1500 in the same hand and ink.
Contents:
1. f.1r-11v: [Property inventories and memoranda]
2. f.36r-36v: [Household accessory inventories]
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, 38; [1-38]modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto (f.12-35 are blank). Very irregular contemporary foliation in ink on some upper left rectos and upper left versos (perhaps the result of some of the leaves having previously been used in a different volume).
Script: Written in a cursive script.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Fleur 6648 (Pisa, 1466-1467).
Binding: Contemporary vellum document (very faded); the heading Visita de beni d'Agliata del 1499 e 1500 con la stima di ciascuno de' poderi and no. 1 on upper cover.
Origin: Written in Florence between 1499 (f.1r) and 1500 (f.1v).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1963.
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800: Supplement A (3), Library Chronicle 36 (1970), no. 2, p. 96 (Ms. Lea 483).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1536
OCLC:
370481658