Friday, October 23, 2009

Wednesday (actually Friday!) primary source #10 - Italian family accounts

This would be a great primary source for a seminar paper -

Author: Brancaccio Family
Title: Brancaccio family account book; being a ledger of rents and taxes collected: manuscript codex, January 1624 to April 1637.
Imprint: [Rome?]
Physical Description: 1 volume (126 leaves) ; 4to

This account book, identified on the upper cover as a "Review of things" and as the property of Leonardo, Maria, and one other member of the family, contains detailed descriptions of the monies and goods collected, possibly on behalf of the church. The ledger gives detailed descriptions of rents collected for houses and lands, some paid with money, others paid with grain and goods, plus taxes collected, also paid in money and goods. Several notable names appear throughout the ledger, including those of Medici, Piti, and Borgia.

For the full descriptive record please click here!

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