Benedetto Cotrugli – The Book of the Art of Trade: With by Carlo Carraro, Giovanni Favero, John Francis Phillimore

By Carlo Carraro, Giovanni Favero, John Francis Phillimore

This is the first English translation of Benedetto Cotrugli's The publication of the artwork of Trade, a full of life account of the lifetime of a Mediterranean service provider within the Early Renaissance, written in 1458. The ebook is an impassioned protection of the legitimacy of mercantile practices, and comprises the 1st scholarly point out of double-entry bookkeeping. Its 4 components concentration respectively on buying and selling thoughts, from accounting to coverage, the faith of the service provider, his public lifestyles, and kinfolk issues.

Originally handwritten, the e-book was once published in 1573 in Venice in an abridged and revised model. This new translation makes connection with the recent serious version, in accordance with an previous manuscript that has just recently been discovered.

With scholarly essays putting Cotrugli's paintings into old context and highlighting key subject matters, this quantity is a crucial contribution to our realizing of the origins of administration and alternate practices.

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And the same seems to have happened with trade, which first took shape, as we have said, from the promptings of nature and human necessity; then, over the centuries, it showed itself to be very useful to merchants, who, thanks to this utility, were able to embellish it with so many admirable innovations that only a most expert merchant could credit them, as will become clear as our treatise proceeds. We have explored all this purely in order to clarify that part of our definition of trade from the point where we have called it “an art, or rather a discipline primarily instituted for the needs of the human race”, moving on to speak of the invention of money, which proved so useful for those merchants who engaged in the profession to answer to the needs of humankind (f.

In addition, all dealings between merchants would close down and the art of trade come to an end, to the destruction of private property and the public weal; indeed the ruin of all the families in the city would surely follow, in so far as without this facility there would be no commercial voyaging among the Turks or the Tartars, or the Moors, nor among the more distant barbarians, peoples who supply us with merchandise not otherwise available to Christian folk, with consequent loss of profit. And thus all the principal occupations, especially those practised most widely and bringing the most income to many peoples, such as the wool, the silk, the spice and similar trades, would be no more, bringing insolvency to whole cities and the families in them.

And it cannot be doubted that you will rarely find a well-proportioned man with well balanced limbs whose inner self does not correspond to his outer aspect. And this explains and helps us to understand why, as Aulus Gellius recounts in the first book of his Attic Nights, the philosopher Pythagoras (f. 20) would have his disciples be good-looking and well-made fellows. And thus we should take care that those with whom we have to do, and to whom we entrust our merchandise, be of a pleasing aspect and cheerful and easy in their speech.

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