Geographical Statistical-Topographical Lexicon of Franconia

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The Geographical, Statistical-Topographical Lexicon of Franconia is a six-volume encyclopedia published by Johann Kaspar Bundschuh that was published from 1799 to 1804. The full title reads: “Geographical, Statistical-Topographical Lexicon of Franconia or a complete alphabetical description of all cities, monasteries, castles, villages, spots, farms, mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, strange areas, etc., with precise information of their origin, former and present owners, location, number and food of the inhabitants, factories, factories, cattle ranch, strange buildings, new institutions, most distinguished peculiarities etc. etc. ”The main author is Johann Kaspar Bundschuh, who was supported by numerous co-authors.

In addition to a foreword, the work offers an alphabetical list of toponyms . The sixth volume includes corrections and additions to the previous articles and a register. Apart from the “attempt at an historical-topographical-statistical description of the immediate free imperial knighthood in Franconia”, which is in the 4th volume, the lexicon has no systematic part.

Bundschuh's Lexicon is the third description of the entire Franconian Empire after the Topographia Franconiae by Matthias Merian, first published in 1648, and the Lexicon Topographicum des Fränkischen Craises , published in 1747 . Other local encyclopedias are limited to the description of individual domains ( principality Ansbach , Hochstift Bamberg etc.). Contrary to its title, the lexicon only provides an approximately complete description of the localities. All articles are kept unsystematic. Most of the time they contain information on political administration, which is often incomplete. In some cases, instead of the Prussian administrative units, the administrative units of the Holy Roman Empire , which were already obsolete at that time, are given. Additional information from the fields of history and economics can be found in just a few articles. Exact sources are mostly missing. It is particularly noticeable that the toponyms from the Catholic domains are usually treated in much more detail.

The statistical information on the places of the former Principality of Ansbach as well as the place names are from the work Statistical and Topographical Description of the Principality of Brandenburg-Anspach published in 1790 . Second part. been taken over.

In the “Topographia Franconiae” project at the University of Würzburg , Bundschuh's Lexicon is also made accessible through a place register. Please note that only the districts officially named today are linked. In addition, in some cases there is no link to the corresponding articles in this lexicon for officially named districts.


  • Johann Kaspar Bundschuh: Geographical, statistical-topographical lexicon of Franconia . 6 volumes. Verlag der Stettinische Buchhandlung, Ulm 1799 ( digitized version ).

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Johann Bernhard Fischer : Geographical Statistical-Topographical Lexicon of Franconia . In: Statistical and topographical description of the Burggraftum Nürnberg, below the mountain, or the Principality of Brandenburg-Anspach. Second part. Containing the economic, statistical and moral condition of these countries according to the fifteen upper offices . Benedict Friedrich Haueisen, Ansbach 1790 ( digitized ).