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Theme issues (vol. 51–)


Vol. 54

(published April 2017)

Guillaume-Henri Dufour: Vermessung und Kartierung der Schweiz. Murten: Cartographica Helvetica, 2017. (Cartographica Helvetica. vol. 54). – 64 pp.
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Guillaume-Henri Dufour is one of the most outstanding personalities of the 19th century. He was born on September 15, 1787 in Constance and died on July 14, 1875 in Les Eaux-Vives (today a suburb of Geneva). When Dufour was two years old, his family moved to Geneva where he went to school at the "Collège" and later on studied humanities and physics at the academy. More ...

Table of contents:

  • Speich Chassé, Daniel Topographische Karte der Schweiz – Einleitung. 3
  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli; Höhener, Hans-Peter: Biographie Dufours. 4–7
  • Rickenbacher, Martin; Gubler, Erich: Die Triangulation primordiale und ihre französischen Vorbilder. 8–22
  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Dufours Kartenwerk – Aufnahme, Stich, Druck. 23–47
  • Rickenbacher, Martin: Die Dufourkarte an der Exposition universelle in Paris 1855. 48–50
  • Stüssi-Lauterburg, Jürg: Dufour als General und Staatsmann. 51–54
  • Palmieri, Daniel: Dufour und das Internationale Komitee vom Roten Kreuz (IKRK). 55–56
  • Roth-Lochner, Barbara: Das Privatarchiv von Dufour in der Bibliothèque de Genève. 57–62


Vol. 53

Reisekarten der Schweiz: von den Anfängen bis ins 20. Jahrhundert. Murten: Cartographica Helvetica, 2016. (Cartographica Helvetica. vol. 53). – 64 pp.
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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 ...

Table of contents:

  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Einleitung. 2
  • Mittenhuber, Florian: Die Tabula Peutingeriana. 3–5
  • Kupčík, Ivan: Karten der Pilgerstrassen. 6–10
  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Strassenkarten. 11–16
  • Klöti, Thomas: Postroutenkarten. 17–24
  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Schifffahrtskarten. 25–28
  • Lierz, Wolfgang: Eisenbahnkarten. 29–35
  • Lierz, Wolfgang: Velo- und Autokarten. 36–41
  • Reichen, Quirinus: Reisekarten für den Tourismus. 43–47
  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Wanderkarten. 48–54
  • Anker, Daniel: Skitourenkarten. 55–63


Vol. 52

Rickenbacher, Martin: Festungskarten: geheime schweizerische Militärkarten 1888–1952. Murten: Cartographica Helvetica, 2016. (Cartographica Helvetica. vol. 52). – 64 pp.
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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 ...


Vol. 51

Feldmann, Hans-Uli; Klöti, Thomas (eds.): Das Matterhorn im Kartenbild. Murten: Cartographica Helvetica, 2015. (Cartographica Helvetica. vol. 51). – 64 pp.
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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 ...

Table of contents:

  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Einleitung. 3–4
  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli; Klöti, Thomas: Das Matterhorn kartiert. 5–30
  • Höhener, Hans-Peter; Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Wie der Pass zum Berg wurde. 31–32
  • Rickenbacher, Martin: Wie hoch ist der Berg der Berge? 33–44
  • Cavelti Hammer, Madlena: Das Matterhorn in Panoramen. 45–47
  • Cavelti Hammer, Madlena: Das Matterhorn dreidimensional. 48–50
  • Heitzmann, Peter: Die einzigartige Geologie des Matterhorns. 51–54
  • Feldmann, Hans-Uli: Die Eroberung des Matterhorns. 55–58
  • Schild, Heinz: Der gescheiterte Kampf für eine Matterhorn-Bahn. 59–62

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The theme issues continue the classical journal (table of contents and list of authors) as well as the monographic special issues.

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