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Ledger of Debtors and Creditors

Collection ID

SCRC 311

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Collection Summary

Ledger of Debtors and Creditors


Collection ID
SCRC 311

1 volume (167 leaves)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in Italian


Detailed Collection Information

Description of Collection

This manuscript is a ledger tracking money owed and paid in the years 1493-1507. The individual or family recording the transactions was probably located in or around Florence; family names of individuals involved include Zanobi, Ginori, Ruspoli, Mariotto, and Arrighini, and occupations recorded include barber, notary, merchant (rivenditore), silk worker (setaiolo), and wool worker (lanaiolo).

Debts and credits of an individual face each other in each opening (fols. 2r-134r); each page ruled for a wide column in the center with three narrow columns on the right for amounts of transactions; verticals ruled in lead.

Original foliation in ink, upper right recto; a nearly contemporary hand has numbered most versos (until fol. 134r) to match their facing rectos so that both pages of an opening have the same number.

Binding is contemporary vellum; L[ibro] Nuovo, I Debitori, I Credit[ori] and letter A in ink on upper cover; lower cover with flap and strap for buckle on upper cover; simple decorative leatherwork typical of Florentine account books; date range with incorrect starting date written in ink by a later hand on upper cover, 1496-1507.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://temple-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?...

Research Access

Open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Ledger of Debtors and Creditors is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Ledger of Debtors and Creditors, SCRC 311, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Part of the Harry C. Cochran History of Business Collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in November 2017 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.


Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Account books -- Italy -- Florence

Florence (Italy)

Material Types:
Financial records