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Georges Grosjean:

Map of the Bernese State, 1638, by Joseph Plepp

Cartographica Helvetica 12 (1995) 13–17


Joseph Plepp was a gifted cartographer who compiled the best single-sheet map of the territory of the canton of Berne. He reduced the monumental map by Thomas Schoepf (1577), added a few interesting details of places he knew personally and kept approximately 90% of the original names. It seems that his idea was to publish a general map as quickly as possible without correcting inaccurate or missing features outside of the territorial borders.

Bibliographic note

  • Edited version of: Karte des bernischen Staatsgebietes 1638 von Joseph Plepp. Köniz, 1974.

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