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Samt und Seide, Leinen und Barchent.

Das Fragment eines Bestell- und Rechnungsbuches eines schlesischen Kaufmanns aus dem 15. Jahrhundert

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Abstract:

In the medical manuscript Ms 1137 kept by the library of the Leizpig University fragments were found, consisting of three pages of a book registering orders and invoices used as cover bonding. Acc. to a lingual analysis the text should originate from the area around Breslau. The merchant had mainly colored textiles of good quality in his assortment, however he also dealt with spices, soap or paper. The regional provenances of the fabrics were often written down, such as Zwilich cloth from Jura Mountains (Schwaben), indicating that the merchant obviously had commercial relations reaching over far distances. Today, these kind of books are very rare, because they were normally thrown away or destroyed, as they became obsolete after the purchase order had been carried out and the goods were sold.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-10-01

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  • Founded in 1903, Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte is the oldest German periodical of social and economic history. The international, peer-reviewed journal features original articles in German, English, French and Italian.

    Today, VSWG is edited by Günther Schulz, Jörg Baten, Markus A. Denzel, Gerhard Fouquet and Hans Pohl and deals with all aspects of social history, social developments from the Middle Ages to today, as well as history of finance and economic history.

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