Fine old color example of the Pieter Schenk edition of Blaeu' map of Austria.
The map is centered on the Danube River, from the Bavarian border to Pressburg, centered on Wien (Vienna). The map originally appeared in Blaeu's Atlas Novus. Schenk acquired the plate after the fire in the Blaeu publishing house and re-issued this edition, with the text in the lower right cartouche removed and gradient lines added carefully, so as to avoide altering any of the place names.
A rare edition of this fine decorative map.
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.