Feel the Bern
By STORCKLEIN, I., 1690
Nova Dilionis Bernensis Tabula Geograpica Ursi effigie delineata.
- Author: STORCKLEIN, I.
- Publication place: Basel
- Publication date: c1690
- Physical description: Engraved map.
- Dimensions: 240 by 330mm. (9.5 by 13 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11709
The bear is the emblem of Bern, and has been closely connected with the city throughout its history. The earliest known use of the bear as the city’s symbol was on a seal of 1224. Traditionally, the city itself is meant to have taken its name from the animal; stories range from the city being named for the first animal the Duke of Zahringen saw while hunting, to it being named for a local Roman deity. Bears have been kept in the city since the medieval period, when one was brought back as a trophy from the Battle of Novara. There is still a bear pit in the city centre today. The map was clearly designed as an expression of Bernese autonomy, and to reinforce Bernese self-identification with the positive attributes of their emblem.
Copies are held at the Universities of Basel and Bern, and in the Zurich and Aarau Libraries.