Postmasters of the Empire...
By CHIFFLET, Jules , 1645

Les Marques d'Honneur de la Maison de Tassis

Social & Political
  • Author: CHIFFLET, Jules
  • Publication place: Antwerp
  • Publisher: Plantin
  • Publication date: 1645
  • Physical description: Folio (413 by 250mm), half-title, engraved title, 5 ff., 256 pp., 5 ff. index, 1 f. device, engraved frontispiece and 6 full-page plates included in the pagination, 3 double-page engraved plates and 25 engraved text illustrations, contemporary sprinkled calf, rebacked preserving original backstrip
  • Dimensions: 413 by 250mm. (16.25 by 9.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 18641


A celebration of the family of Thurn and Taxis, hereditary postmasters of the Empire, notable for the fine double-page plate by Hollar of the funeral procession of Jean-Baptiste de Tassis, behind which procession, the life of the town continues in all vigour and vitality. Hollar also adds the landscapes to the coat of arms of the Thurn and Taxis family found on p.129. The other plates are fine portraits and funeral monuments, several by Cornelius Galle, of various members of the family.


  1. Funck 291
  2. NHG Hollar 717 II, 2639
  3. Pennington 531ii, 2463.