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Quadernuccio di Ma Luisa Donna fu di Luigi de Medici segnato A, legato con coreggie verde
[Florence or Tuscany],: , 1566-1573.. [Florence or Tuscany], 1566-1573. Agenda format (334 x 111 mm). 96 leaves: 1-616 (6/14-16 blank), page openings foliated to 92 (foliation in arabic numerals on versos and in roman numerals on recots), 3 blank leaves at end. Irregular line numbers, not more than 32/33, written in brown ink in a fluent Italian cursive, the pages crossed through diagonally. Small loosely inserted slip inside front cover identifying the owner. Contemporary Italian tacketed laced-case parchment stationery binding with fore-edge flap, sewn on two sewing supports consisting of a pair of goatskin bands originally dyed dark green (the color mostly faded to brown), stitched with intersecting parchment strips forming X’s; upper cover with lthe word “Quadernuccio” in neat gothic lettering at top scraped neatly out of the parchment, and a large ornate capital A at center within circular pen-and-ink cartouche, no. 113 lettered in later ink below, thong attachments for fore-edge flap partially preserved, the inner parchment unlined, printer’s waste used in neat backing thong inside front cover.***& & A fascinating sixteenth-century manuscript documenting six years of expenses for a wealthy female member of the Medici family, the head of her household; preserved in its original stationery binding, and in impeccable condition.& & The first page of the quadernuccio contains a devout reflexion or prayer at top, and the above title at center. The inserted slip bears the same title and the date 1566 but uses a different form of Luisa’s father’s name (?Buigliano?). The earliest date mentioned in the accounts is 26 March 1566; the latest is the 13th of August [1573]. & & Signora Luisa clearly supervised all the familial expenses, presumably after the death of her father: covering the years 1566-1573, the account book provides a straight chronological list of expenses ranging from the many costs entailed by the family’s house and estate to domestic expenses including wine and writing supplies. Payments are made to repair the palazzo (palagio del podesta) and to dig sewer drainages; the gamekeeper Matteo di Cristofano, whose name appears repeatedly, is paid his salary; there are costs for grinding the wheat; the mule needs to be shoed. At home barrels of vin santo are a regular expense, and there are costs for writing supplies, including an entry for an account book similar to this one (un quaderno di fogli per fare un quadernuccio...). & & Luisa’s father Luigi de’ Medici, one of the less illustrious scions of the dynasty, is briefly identified in the online Medici archive a Captain in Livorno from a document dated 1538. The scrawled entries were no doubt recorded in the notebook by the family’s busy caretaker or majordomo.The title indicates that the account book is marked with an A and bound with green leather straps.
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