Fine old color example of Schenk's rare map of the theater of war along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, with a large inset map of parts of the Tirolia, Grisone and Helvetiae Cantons.
Includes an elaborate and finely engraved cartouche celebrating the wines grown in the region and other allegorical figures. The map was later copied by Homann in the first part of the 18th Century, with revisions.
The map is very rare. We were not able to locate any other examples at auction or in dealer catalogues.
Peter Schenk the Elder (1660-1711) moved to Amsterdam in 1675 and began to learn the art of mezzotint. In 1694 he bought some of the copperplate stock of the mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, which allowed him to specialize in the engraving and printing of maps and prints. He split his time between his Amsterdam shop and Leipzig and also sold a considerable volume of materials to London.
Peter Schenk the Elder had three sons. Peter the Younger carried on his father’s business in Leipzig while the other two, Leonard and Jan, worked in Amsterdam. Leonard engraved several maps and also carried on his father’s relationship with engraving plates for the Amsterdam edition of the Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences.