[FLORENCE.] Stratto de doganieri et passaggieri del contado et distretto di Fiorenza. (with) Sommario della riforma della dogana di Fiorenza.

Florence, G. Marescotti, 1578 and [1580?]


4to. 2 works in 1, 100 unnumbered ff., [*4] Cc2 Bb1, A-Z4, Aa4, 8 unnumbered ll., A4. Roman letter, little Greek. Woodcut Medici arms to both t-ps, decorated initials. Small clean tear to outer margin of t-p, occasional very minor mainly marginal foxing, four gatherings browned (paper not properly dried), ink splash at gutter of first and last few gatherings. A very good copy in C16 quarter goatskin over bevelled wooden boards, raised bands, C17 eps, traces of label to spine, a little loss to leather on upper cover, head and foot a bit rubbed, the odd worm hole, with minor loss to outer edge of upper cover. Extensive annotations by Fortunio de Baroncelli 1610 to ffeps, occasionally elsewhere.

Very scarce works on customs, taxes and duties in C16 Florence. Originally published in 1546 and revised in 1571, the first contains lists of goods of all kinds accompanied by the related customs duties (in ‘lire’, ‘soldi’ and ‘danari’). Each item—from carnations to wood, wrought iron, sugar, chestnuts, hats, the ‘art of wool’ or animal skin—is broken down into customs duties for import or export: e.g., destined to Florence, for exit or entry from and to the territory of Pisa, Florence or Arezzo, or to be carried through the passages of Montecchio and San Miniato. This copy belonged to the customs officer Fortunio, son of Angelo de Baroncelli, who needed to master the sundry regulations. His first ‘office’ was at the customs of Castelfiorentino, a job he took up on 4 August 1610. He added notes concerning the specific custom taxes on animals, caps and furry hats and spun wool; the five customs locations (Santa Croce, Santa Maria in Monte, Montopoli, Castelfanco and Fucecchio); and further notes on sundry types of skin. He also noted the ‘prohibited’ (i.e., untaxable) items, originating in the territory of Florence, which should not be burdened with duties—from leather to oil, wool, silk and straw hats. Straw hats are especially interesting as these were a typical product of the area. The last sections are devoted to the duties of customs officers, items that cannot be taxed, procedures and the individual taxes for each passage in Tuscany. The second work in this sammelband, very similar to but shorter than the first, is a summary of the customs reforms of 1580. A very scarce manual for customs officers and a mine of information on the history of commerce and taxation.

I) Only six copies recorded on WorldCat and OPAC, none in the US.BM STC It., p. 257; Annali dei Marescotti, 111. Not in Goldsmiths or Kress.II) Only five copies recorded on WorldCat and OPAC, none in the US.BM STC It., p. 257. Not in Goldsmiths or Kress.

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