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Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library,  LJS 285
Description: f. 1 - Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 1 December 1998, lot 66, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg. Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2010 - Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 152
Number of Parts: 1 - Number of Images Available: 0
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Language: Latin Century: 16th

Part 1: f. 1
Description: - Parchment - 347 mm x 438 mm
Country: Cardinal point:
Region: City: Mantua
Assigned Date: s. XVImedSearchable Date Range: 1540 - 1560
Dated by scribe: YesInscribed Date: 1542/5/24
Document: YesNumber of Scribes:
Script: Italic
Notes: Gonzaga seal in wax attached to the lower half of the document Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: f. 1r
Title: License to establish a bank
Language(s): Latin
Notes: Charter issued by the cardinal Ercole Gonzaga and the duchess Margherita Paleologa, in their capacity as tutors of the Duke of Mantua, Margherita's two-year-old son Francesco III Gonzaga. They grant to the Jew Isaac de Massaran license to establish a money-lending bank with two other shareholders from the Jewish community of Mantua. The bank may charge 20% annual interest (noted as lower than the 25% charged by the other four banks in Mantua) and will have the same benefits, immunities, privileges, and honors as the other banks in Mantua