Amsterdam: Petrus Schenk, 1705.
Map. Engraving with original hand outline. Image measures 18 7/8" x 22 3/4"
Beautiful map of southeastern Europe, extending from Italy to Turkey, and from Hungary to Cyprus. Published circa 1705, this map depicts the region during the Ottoman-Habsburg wars. In fair condition. Wear to original centerfold, with tape repair and stain at bottom edge. Lower margin worn and frayed, not affecting the image. Minor cracking and small loss near center due to oxidization of original viridian green coloring. Some foxing. Publisher's crease to upper right corner. Sold as-is.
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.