VALCK, Gerard and SCHENK, Peter
Price: 375.00 USD
Amsterdam: Map. Copperplate engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14.5 x 19". This decorative map of Oldenburg and Bremen in Germany includes Jadebusen and the estuary of the Weser. Oriented with north to the right, it depicts towns, fortresses, and beautifully rendered topography. Map is in good condition with some edge wear and overall toning. Minor wear along original centerfold. Brittle paper. Petrus Schenk (c.1660--1711) was a German engraver and cartographer. He began his training in Amsterdam in the art of mezzotint and soon began working closely with Gerard Valck. The two took advantage of the bustling cartographic trade in the city and quickly expanded their business from portraits and prints into maps and globes. In 1700, Schenk grew the business further by moving to Leipzig, Germany and opening a shop. As his sons and grandson returned to the Netherlands to become active engravers as well, the Schenk firm developed into one of the best-known publishing houses in 18th-century Amsterdam. This map attests to Schenk's prolific production and skill in both cartographic artistry and business.