Theme issues (vol. 51–)
(published November 2016)
Reisekarten der Schweiz: von den Anfängen bis ins 20. Jahrhundert. Murten: Cartographica Helvetica, 2016. (Cartographica Helvetica. vol. 53). – 64 pp.
The strip-format Tabula Peutingeriana or "Peutinger Map" from the 12th century is the first example of a travel map. It shows the road network of the late Roman Empire, leading from the British Isles over the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East to India and Central Asia. It was not until the end of the 15th century that pilgrim travel maps with correct geographical orientations developed from the hand-written and later on printed itineraries. More ...
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(published May 2016)
Rickenbacher, Martin: Festungskarten: geheime schweizerische Militärkarten 1888–1952. Murten: Cartographica Helvetica, 2016. (Cartographica Helvetica. vol. 52). – 64 pp.
Fortification maps and cartography have been inseparably linked since the early modern period. Already in 1588, the architect in charge of renovating the city walls of Basel demanded that the existing ramparts had first to be surveyed and shown on a map. However, during the following centuries, fortification maps were limited to the immediate surroundings of the structures. More ...
Feldmann, Hans-Uli; Klöti, Thomas (eds.): Das Matterhorn im Kartenbild. Murten: Cartographica Helvetica, 2015. (Cartographica Helvetica. vol. 51). – 64 pp.
The Valais had aroused the attention of historians and cartographers already in the 16th century. In his Cosmographia, Sebastian Münster published in 1545 in Basel a rich description of the Valais, supplemented by a topographic map in two sheets (Upper and Lower Valais) created by Johannes Schalbetter. However, Zermatt itself remained practically unknown, and until 1820 there was no known view of Zermatt and its surroundings. More ...
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