Antique Map of Friesland, in the Netherlands
Fine old color example of this rare edition of Schenk's map of the Friesland, on double thick paper.
Detailed map of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe, the northeast provinces of the Netherlands, with armorial cartouche, scale of miles, vignette of the 'Steenen Man' near Harlingen and an inset map of the islands of Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog.
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.