Series HR-DADU-16.1 - Venditiones Cancellariae; Vendite Cancellarie (Sale agreements registered at the Chancellery)

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Venditiones Cancellariae; Vendite Cancellarie (Sale agreements registered at the Chancellery)


  • 1251-1361, 1365-1386, 1419-1808 (Creation)

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154 volumes; textual records

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The fonds contains data on purchase and sale transactions of real and personal property, such as land, houses, estates, ships, dowries, in the period from the middle of the 13th century to the beginning of the 19th century. The fonds is very important for the research and study of the topographic image of the city of Dubrovnik in that period, the development of urban planning, as well as for the research on trade of living quarters and buildings.

Scarce data available on Jewish people contained in the fonds reveal that in the second half of the 18th century Jews began to buy and sell real estate, i.e., houses that were mostly located near the ghetto, the exception being Abram David Maestro, who at the end of 1641 bought two houses in the street Lučarica, and two years later sold them to two Dubrovnik noblemen. Real estate purchases increased in the 80s of the 18th centuries so much that in 1799 the Senate decided that a Jew who owned several houses could keep only one and should sell the others. Members of Ragusan Jewish families Ambonetti, Coen, Costantini, Janni, Levi Mandolfo, Maestro, Pardo, Russo, Terni (i.e., vol. 135, ff. 180-181) are referenced in this fonds as both: buyers and sellers of houses. In accordance with the regulations of that time concerning the sale of real estate, apart from the name of the seller of the real estate in the document there is also a written consent of the members of his family. Therefore, next to the names of Jewish house-sellers are either the personal names of their wives, sons, and daughters, or the names of their legal guardians.

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Josip Gelčić,»Catalogus i. r. Archivii Ragusini.« Glasnik Zemaljskog muzeja u Bosni i Hercegovini 22 (1910): 537-588.

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State Archives in Dubrovnik

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Diversa Notariae (HR-DADU-9), Debita Notariae (HR-DADU-10.1), Pacta matrimonialia (HR-DADU.13.2), Diversa Cancellariae (HR-DADU-15), Proclamationes venditionum Cancellariae (HR-DADU-16.2

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Šime Ljubić, »Popis prodaja dubrovačkih iz XVI. stoljeća.« Starine 11 (1879): 1–18. Lujo Vojnović, »Dubrovačko-gruške prodaje kuća i ulice staroga Dubrovnika (XIV.–XVII. vijeka)« Rad JAZU 82 (1913): 101–123. Gregor Čremošnik, Spisi dubrovačke kancelarije, knjiga I. (Zapisi notara Tomazina de Savere 1278.–1282.), Zagreb: JAZU, 1951. Matko Matija Marušić, »Urbani krajolik i vlasnička topografija kasnosrednjovjekovnog Dubrovnika prema seriji Venditiones Cancellariae.« (summary: Urban Landscape and Property Ownership in the Late Medieval Dubrovnik: The Venditiones Cancellariae Series) Radovi Instituta za povijest umjetnosti 41 (2017): 97-108.

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Fonds of the Dubrovnik Republic and the territory of the former Republic under the French Administration, series 31.1

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  • English



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