Catalog Archive
Auction 174, Lot 56

Very Rare Zoomorphic Map

"Nova Ditionis Bernensis Tabula Geographica Ursi Effigie Delineata / Ursus Nuithonicus",

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Switzerland

Period: 1710 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 9.4 inches
34.3 x 23.9 cm
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This zoomorphic map of western Switzerland was created by Johann Jakob Störcklein after a drawing by Louis Francosi Boizot. The map depicts the Canton of Bern in the shape of a bear, holding a scepter and a sword in its paws. The map extends to Lake Leman in the southwest to Mandach in the northeast. A compass rose sits on the bear's hind leg. A rare cartographic curiosity.


Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with light soiling, a vertical crease that has been pressed flat, and a tiny tear at top right that has been closed on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,600

Sold for: $900

Closed on 9/11/2019