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One of the Earliest Dutch World Maps To Focus on a More Modern Cartographic Style

Striking scientifically constructed map of the World, based on Carel Allard's map of 1696.

Shirley's describe's the Allard map as follows:

The traditional decorative border of many seventeenth-century world maps has disappeared, and ... [the] twin central hemispheres are surrounded by eight smaller projections depicting the world from various angles, and four smaller circular diagrams. The dark cross-hatched background provides a striking contrast.'

This map represented a noteworthy shift from the traditional decorative Dutch 17th-century maps where the margins would be full of classical mythological figures and references. Here we have a more strictly scientific approach with only a handful of cherubs parceled in between the two largest hemispheres.


The map is scarce. This is the second example we have offered for sale in more than 25 years.

Condition Description
Old color. Some abrasion and staining. Minor repairs along old folds. Signs of acidification of old color, archivally backed and stabilized on verso. Repaired tear below Australia and in the African continent.
Shirley, The Mapping of the World, 578.
Peter Schenk Biography

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.