Medici Collection


Thursday, December 3, 2015
Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Room 101

A selection of volumes from the HBS Medici Collection will be on display, along with other treasures from Baker Library’s Kress Collection, including a first edition of Luca Pacioli’s 1494 Summa de Arithmetica and other important pre-1600 Italian works of economic theory and commercial practice. At these workshops, following introductory remarks by Prof. Caferro and other experts, attendees will have a chance to view, handle, and ask questions about these documents. The themes of the two workshops will be slightly different. Attendees are invited to register for the workshop of their preference. Graduate students are especially welcome to the workshops.

Workshop 1

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The HBS Medici Collection: Reading Account Books as Texts and Historical Sources

This workshop will feature issues of book history, paleography, and codicology in relation to the HBS Medici Collection.

Workshop 2

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The HBS Medici Collection: Florentine Business and Accounting Practices

This workshop will feature the nature of Renaissance account books and the bookkeeping and accounting practices used in them, using volumes from the HBS Medici Collection.


Due to space constraints, each workshop is limited to 20 pre-registered attendees. All are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to the earliest applicants and to Harvard University graduate students and members of the Harvard Business School community. If you would like to attend a workshop, please follow the link below.