POSTAL HISTORY OF ITALY & EUROPE RENAISSANCE
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POSTAL HISTORY OF ITALY & EUROPE RENAISSANCE NEW NEW
POSTAL COMMUNICATIONS DURING THE RENAISSANCE IN EUROPE
SIMONE TASSO E LE POSTE DI MILANO NEL RINASCIMENTO ************
SIMON TAXIS AND THE POSTS OF THE STATE OF MILAN DURING THE RENAISSANCE *************
By Giorgio Migliavacca & Tarcisio Bottani —
1st Edition, May 2008 —
HARD BOUND, COLOR DUST JACKET —
238 pages, 8″ x 12″, illustrations throughout, mostly in color —
In Italian and English —
This book deals with the creation of a modern postal service in Italy and Europe. A fast and reliable postal service that also served private citizens and businessmen was introduced by the Taxis family in the early 1500s. Simon Taxis was one of the top three members of the family and his great contribution to the creation of a modern postal system is discussed in great detail in this exceedingly interesting book. The efficiency and speed of the postal system created by the Taxis remained unchallenged until the introduction of the train in the 1800s. ************
Scholars and researchers of postal history and postal communications, and historians in general, will find this volume extremely useful as it unearths a huge amount of new research and information not only at an Italian level but at a European level with emphasis on FRANCE * GERMANY * SPAIN * BELGIUM * AUSTRIA *******
From the foreword to this impressive volume we quote: ***
The Taxis postal empire that began in the 14th century in northern Italy flourished in the social and cultural transformations of the Renaissance. Timely, reliable communication â€“ the hallmark of the Taxis system and a transformative force throughout history â€“ still underpins civilization in the 21st century. During the Renaissance and in the ensuing centuries, the Taxis system spread throughout Europe and the family’s rise to the highest ranks of nobility made them prominent personages in the history of their respective countries.
Thanks to research by European scholars during the last 120 years, the Taxis family boasts a rich bibliography. During the last decades of the 20th century, the growing popularity of postal history generated greater interest and the information gathered by earlier scholars has been supplemented by new research in archival sources.
The book you hold in your hands is the result of just such new, in-depth research carried out by the co-authors in archives in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria over a span of three decades.
In 1991, under the auspices of the local municipality, a Taxis Postal History and History Museum was opened at Cornello dei Tasso, near Bergamo â€“ the cradle of the dynasty. The Cornello museum has gathered a remarkable quantity of documentation on the Taxis family â€“ as postmasters general, art collectors, and members of the European nobility â€“ that makes clear their vital and varied contributions to economic life, culture, religion, and diplomacy. Torquato Tasso, a relative of Simon Taxis and best known for his epic Jerusalem Delivered, remains to this day at the pinnacle of Italian poetry.
Among its many praiseworthy initiatives, the Cornello museum has been instrumental in publishing an impressive series of volumes on major personalities of the Taxis family. The museum has also established an ongoing cultural collaboration with the princely family of Thurn und Taxis, who own and oversee a prestigious postal museum at Regensburg.
With its array of detail on rates and routes and relationships, this new volume brings to life the colorful, challenging world of the Taxis postal couriers in the 16th century. ****
Bill Welch ***
THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. ***
VERY HEAVY BOOK TO SHIP