76. Manual and diary (of daily expenses), 1675–1701, Ugolino Del Vernaccia

Biblioteca Roncioniana, Prato: Caccini Del Vernaccia Archive
section A, no. 254
SENDER: Ugolino Del Vernaccia
PLACE OF DEPARTURE: Florence

Elongated booklet bound in cowhide. The volume reflects the classic structure of the small, elongated economic register in which merchants had already been recording memoirs and economic notes as well as abstracts of letters for more than 200 years. Drawing on a long tradition of mercantile writings, the attitude of seventeenth-century representatives of the Florentine merchant class is known through the diaries of daily expenses which testified to the financial strategies adopted to keep the company’s activities flourishing.

(Matteo Calcagni)