15. Ship and caravan cargo from Syria to Genoa

16. Cargo from Alexandria (Egypt)

17. Register of foreign exchange operations and transfers of Francesco di Marco Datini and his partners in Barcelona

18. Chief accountant Matthäus Schwarz writes to Veit Hörl in Spain. Handwritten entry in the ‘common trade’ copy book (1524–34)

19. Tariffe Mercantili del Levante

20. ‘Re della China’. Compendio di geografia e statistica.

21. Book of accounts and exchange charges marked ‘A’, Del Vernaccia & Arrighi trading firm (1637–39)

22. Merchant’s declaration of the current exchange rates between Dutch and Smirnese coins

23. Journal of the deputation of the ship La Santissima Concezione captained by Sebastien Gay of Marseille

24. Attestatie (general witness testimony) notarial deed, drafted by notary Daniel Bredan

25. Contract between merchant Antonio de Lespaul and Jan Brouwer

26. Transaction for the purchase of silk for export abroad

27. Letter from Hernando de Morales in Lisbon, to Simón Ruiz in Medina del Campo

28. Royal Warrant from the infanta and regent, Juana de Austria

29. Inventarium mercium raubarum recuperatarum a navi naufragato in hoc portu, patronigiata per Joannem Fure

30. An inventory of the brigantino of Antonio Gusman with one bill of lading

31. Register of expenses and profits involved in the maintenance and furnishing of a ship for use in a court appeal

32. Trade fair notebook. Medina del Campo, 17 June 1584 to 7 August 1586

33. Novi Fair scrapbook or blotter (1641–42)

02. Receipt for books in Hebrew

Archivio di Stato di Prato: Datini
cod. 1497, busta 1174
SENDER: Arnau del Vilar
ADDRESSEE: Datini-Albizzi company
PLACE OF ARRIVAL: Pisa
GENERAL INFORMATION: Dated 31 January 1394.

This document, closely linked to the Acknowledgment of debt in Hebrew kept in the Datini Archive, confirms that Arnau del Vilar had not just sent his books to Pisa via Antonio di Guccio in Barcelona, but that shortly afterwards he had himself left for Italy too. Once in Pisa, Arnau del Vilar did manage to pay his debt and was therefore able to recover his many books. In contrast to the document he had signed in Barcelona a few weeks before, in which he used Christian dates, once in Pisa Arnau felt free to use Jewish dates on a legal document: ‘I acknowledge receipt from Albizzi, merchant in Pisa, of all the books that belong to me, which were sent to him by Antonio di Guccio ... In Pisa, in the month of January, the last day, in the year 5154 of our computation’ (i.e., 31 January 1394).
The historical circumstances that form the background to this document and its author suggest that Arnau del Vilar must have been one of the Jews who were forced to convert after the series of pogroms that had recently been unleashed upon his community. They had started in Seville in 1391, and soon spread to the rest of the Iberian peninsula. They were particularly violent in Barcelona, whose Jewish community would never recover its former splendour after the terrible blow it suffered. To cut what must have been a very long and distressing story short, we can conclude that Arnau used the financial and commercial networks of Francesco di Marco Datini to send his books – and himself as well, soon after his books – away from his native Barcelona towards a relatively safe exile in Pisa.

(José María Pérez Fernández and José Ramón Ayaso Martínez)

15. Ship and caravan cargo from Syria to Genoa

16. Cargo from Alexandria (Egypt)

17. Register of foreign exchange operations and transfers of Francesco di Marco Datini and his partners in Barcelona

18. Chief accountant Matthäus Schwarz writes to Veit Hörl in Spain. Handwritten entry in the ‘common trade’ copy book (1524–34)

19. Tariffe Mercantili del Levante

20. ‘Re della China’. Compendio di geografia e statistica.

21. Book of accounts and exchange charges marked ‘A’, Del Vernaccia & Arrighi trading firm (1637–39)

22. Merchant’s declaration of the current exchange rates between Dutch and Smirnese coins

23. Journal of the deputation of the ship La Santissima Concezione captained by Sebastien Gay of Marseille

24. Attestatie (general witness testimony) notarial deed, drafted by notary Daniel Bredan

25. Contract between merchant Antonio de Lespaul and Jan Brouwer

26. Transaction for the purchase of silk for export abroad

27. Letter from Hernando de Morales in Lisbon, to Simón Ruiz in Medina del Campo

28. Royal Warrant from the infanta and regent, Juana de Austria

29. Inventarium mercium raubarum recuperatarum a navi naufragato in hoc portu, patronigiata per Joannem Fure

30. An inventory of the brigantino of Antonio Gusman with one bill of lading

31. Register of expenses and profits involved in the maintenance and furnishing of a ship for use in a court appeal

32. Trade fair notebook. Medina del Campo, 17 June 1584 to 7 August 1586

33. Novi Fair scrapbook or blotter (1641–42)