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A decorative map of America, featuring California as an island on the Sanson projection and early hints of Northern Australia. Open ended Great Lakes. The Mississippi River is pushed far west of its actual course. The Straits of Anian appear. The southwest is dominated by Indian details. An interesting oversized South America retains the influences of De Wit, Visscher and predecessors. Two wonderful decorative cartouches. The map is trimmed close a the top and the margin extended for framing, with a small nick or two in the outer neatline. Ordinarily a $3000.00 map. McLaughlin 120, Tooley 56.

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.