FOUR DECADES OF EXPENSES

Manuscript receipt book. 

Villa di Vaglie, Cortona, 1735-1767. 

Manuscript on paper, small 8vo (130 x 95 mm), pp. [68]; written in Italian in brown and black ink in numerous hands, up to 15 lines per page; pamphlet-stitched in contemporary vellum wrappers; a few marks, lower wrapper cockled with loss to lower cover.

£375

Approximately:
US $470€438

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An interesting manuscript receipt book recording the affairs and transactions of Francesco di Andrea Valli (or Vagli) and his sons Pietro and Egidio, landowners and farmers from Villa di Vaglie near Cortona, over the course of four decades. 

The entries, more than eighty, record the settlement both of taxes such as the ‘gabella della paglia’ (tax on straw, f. 11r) and of personal debts, including a Marsilia di Ottavio, widow of Lorenzo and a resident in Cortona, the beneficiary in four different transactions (ff. 27r-28v).  Marsilia, being illiterate, instructed Francesco Maria Petrucci to inscribe the entries on her behalf. 

For the Valli family of Villa di Vaglie, see ‘Contributo dei cortonesi alla coltura italiana’ in hivio Storico Italiano 3/4 (1921), pp. 5-177. 

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