Fine old color example of Schenk's map of the Iberian Peninsula, with a remarkably elaborate and finely engraved title cartouche, bearing 16 regional coats of arms of the various provinces and a larger coat of arms of Spain, surmounted by an elaborate allegorical cartouche showing two cherubs gathering the wealth and conquest of Spain at the feel of Queen Isabella.
The map includes a remarkably detailed treatment of Spain & Portugal, with tremendous topographical and geographical detail which includes many more roads and other details than are present on contemporary maps of Spain by other mapmakers.
A later edition of the map was issued by Seutter.
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.