Rare Pieter Schenk edition of Friedrich Kubn's (Kühnovio) map of Silesia, first published ca. 1660.
Originally published in 1654 by Johann Gottfired Bartsch in Berlin, the map is one of the best maps of the period. The original Kubn edition did not include the large inset views of Jauer & Hirschberk in the upper corners.
This edition is particularly fascinating, as it reflects Schenk having obtain the privilege of the King of Poland for publication of the map, something we had not previously seen on any printed map.
We found only one auction record for the map ($1,259 at Reiss in December 2007).
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.