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Luca Landucci Florentine apothecary and diarist

born in Florence (1436) and died in Florence (1516), aged 80

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1436 in Florence

Luca Landucci is born in Florence.

1450 aged 14

October 15

I record that on the 15th October, 1450, I, Luca, son of Antonio, son of Luca Landucci, a Florentine citizen, of about fourteen years of age, went to learn book-keeping from a master called Calandra; and, praise God! I succeeded.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 1

October 15

Luca Landucci becomes a student of Calandra.

1452 aged 16 in Florence

January 1

Luca Landucci enters the shop of the apothecary Francesco, at the sign of the Scala, in the Mercato Vecchio in Florence.

1453 aged 17

February 1

The mother of Luca Landucci's father, Antonio, dies and is buried in San Piero Maggiore.

1454 aged 18

November 3

My father Antonio received his mother's inheritance, of which we possess a document giving the details; he inherited all her property both in Florence and in the country; amongst the rest a house which was left as a legacy to her and Antonio for their lives. Messer Otto Niccolini arranged a compromise, by which the monks of Castello, who had the reversion, were to pay Antonio twenty-three lire a year for the rest of his life, taking back the said house, and they paid this sum as long as Antonio lived.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 1

1462 aged 26

September 4

I left Francesco, son of Francesco, the apothecary, at the sign of the Sun, who gave me, the sixth year, the salary of fifty florins, and I joined company with Spinello, son of Lorenzo, the hope of gaining more causing me to give up the gain which was sure. And we opened an apothecary's shop in the Mercato Vecchio (Old Market), at the sign of the King, which had formerly been the shop of a second-hand dealer, and had a very low roof. We raised the roof, and spent a fortune although I was unwilling to outlay so much. All was done without stint, one cupboard alone costing 50 gold florins. Seeing that the costs were so great, and that the said Spinelli had no money to produce, being very badly off, and considering besides that I had already spent 200 gold florins of my own, whilst he had not yet contributed a penny, although we had agreed to go shares.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 3

1463 aged 27

July 27

And on the 27th July, 1463, we (i.e., Landucci and Spinello) agreed to separate, I telling him that I would leave him everything in the shop as it stood, without considering the cost, but that I must have my share of the profits, namely, 50 gold florins, for the time I had been with him, and he must repay me the money which I had put into it. And no agents were required. He replied that it should be so; but that I must give him a few months' time; and to this I agreed, as he gave me sufficient sureties, amounting to 200 gold florins, paid by his brother Lorenzo and Maestro Lorenzo, son of Maestro Leonardo.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 3

December 10

I left there (the apothecarium) on the 10th December, 1463, and began chaffering for the shop of San Pulinari; but we could not come to terms over it.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 4

1466 aged 30 in Florence

May 24

A Saturday and the eve of the Spirito Santo, I was wedded to a daughter of Domenico, son of Domenico Pagni, whose name was Salvestra. She had a dowry of 400 florins, in the state funds, praise God!

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 5

July 6

A Sunday evening, I gave her the ring, the contract being made before Ser Giovanni, son of Francesco di Neri.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 5

September 1

(Because of a falling out with Spinello) I therefore repaired to Giovanni da Bruscoli, who was opening the shop of the Agnus-Dei, and who gave me 36 florins a year, so that I was able to buy the shop of the Tornaquinci, on the 1st September, 1466.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 4

November 23

Luca Landucci moves his wife into his own house in Florence.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 8.

1471 aged 35 in Madeira

May 26

I bought some of the first sugar that came here from Madeira; which island had been subdued a few years before by the King of Portugal, and sugar had begun to be grown there; and I had some of the first.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 9.

1475 aged 39 in Rome

May 1

I, Luca Landucci, went to Rome for the Jubilee, and took with me my mother-in-law; and we travelled for fifteen days going and coming.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 12.

1478 aged 42

April 30

Entry from "A Florentine Diary" by Luca Landucci:

1490 aged 54

June 27

I, Luca Landucci, opened my new shop, here opposite the said palagio of the Strozzi, and I chose the sign of the Stelle (Stars). The old shop at the other corner, which I left, belongs to the Rucellai, whist this one belongs to the Popoleschi.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 49

1494 aged 58 in Florence, Pisa, Emilia-Romagna, Dicomano, Corella and Arno

November 9

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November 21

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November 24

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November 25

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November 26

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November 27

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November 28

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November 29

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November 30

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December 1

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December 3

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December 4

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December 5

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December 6

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1514 aged 78 in Poggiomarino, Vico and Dicomano

July 3

Luca Landucci refers in the Florentine Diary to a terrifying storm like the one in 1456:

1516 aged 80 in Florence

1927

Luca Landucci creates a book called A Florentine Diary .

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