Venezuela Cum Parte Australi Novae Andalusiae

VALCK, Gerard and SCHENK, Peter

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Place Published: Amsterdam

Description: Map. Copperplate engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14.25 x 18.75". Sheet measures 19.75 x 24".

Comments: This fine map focuses on the Spanish colonial provinces of Venezuela and New Andalusia, corresponding roughly to the present-day Venezuelian states of Sucre, Venezuela, AnzoŠtegui and Monagas. Published circa 1700, the map shows the northern coastline labeled with important cities and ports. Above the coast, a string of offshore islands creates a pleasant visual rhythm set off by a decorative cartouche and two ornamental compass roses. This string contains portions of the Lesser Antilles, the Leeward Antilles, and the Windward Islands, including among others Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The lower half of the map is sparsely detailed, as little of the area had been explored beyond the coast by this time. However, pictorial mountains, trees and rivers animate the space with the topographic mystery of the unknown. The map is in excellent condition with deluxe margins.. Slight ghosting from original color. 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 Valck and Schenk's prolific production and skill in both cartographic artistry and business.

Language: Latin
Type: Maps

Book ID: 247131


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I usually receive my packages as soon as delivered. However, this one had quite a night outside in a snow storm. Thanks to the extra care in packaging and double layer of wrapping cardboard and plastic bag, the book survived in pristine condition.... It sat in a three foot snow drift pounded by snow plows, in minus 25Temps overnight and was discovered this afternoon, the top of the package peeking out of the drift. If not for the attention to packaging and packing materials, this book would have been destroyed. Please let the people who package our treasures know that they make a difference. Whether in person or mail order, you folks rock. Best wishes from the (damned) frozen Adirondacks... - E.E.
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