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Joseph Planta (1744–1827) by Charles Picart, pubd 1812 (after Henry Edridge) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Planta, Joseph (1744–1827), librarian, was born on 21 February 1744 at Castasegna in the Grisons (Graubünden), Switzerland, where his father, the Revd Andrew Planta (1717–1773), was the pastor of the Reformed church. The Plantas were a noble family of the Grisons with a recorded history dating back to the twelfth century; ...