Rac[c]colti del entrata delle gabelle delle bestie di Firenze [manuscript].

[Florence], 1575.
50 leaves : paper ; 294 x 203 mm.
Gondi family.
Taxation -- Italy -- Florence.
Accounting -- Italy -- 16th century.
Tax collection -- Italy -- Florence.
Ledgers (account books)
Manuscripts, Italian -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Ledger of accounts of an unidentified member of the Gondi family, perhaps Giovanbattista Gondi, for the year 1575. The ledger contains detailed accounts of the collection of the gabelle delle bestie, a tax on a percentage of the revenues derived from the sale of sheep and cattle. Considering the large number of entries, likely excessive for a single family, it is not clear whether the data contained in the ledger only refers to the amounts disbursed by the Gondi, or whether they were involved in the collection of tax revenue on behalf of the grand-duke, which was a relatively common practice. However, a small number of accounts (f. 3v-4r), referring to the somme del entrata delle tasse or to the somme del entrata delle misure (total amount of proceedings derived from taxation) indicates that, at least in certain occasions, the Gondi were likely involved in tax collection. Other entries throughout the ledger refer to various mills located around Florence, with no information provided concerning their ownership, and entries for the penalties paid for belated payments of the gabelle are also present.
Ms. codex.
Title from caption title (f. 1r).
Foliation: Paper, 50; [i], 1-10, [11-49]; contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto (f. 11-19 and f. 23-47 are blank).
Layout: Written in 4 columns with vertical bounding lines in lead; the first and third columns, smaller than the other 2, with a transaction number, and the second and fourth columns with the amount of the transaction.
Script: Written in a cursive script, perhaps by multiple hands.
Watermark: Similar to Briquet, Cloche 4096 (Pisa, 1560-1561).
Origin: Written in Florence, in 1575 (f. 1r).
Forms part of: Gondi-Medici Business Records.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1963.
Cited in:
Separated from the collection described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800: Supplement A (4), Library Chronicle 37 (1971), no. 1, p. 4 (Ms. Lea 512).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1550
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