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Nice example of Valk & Schenk's map of South America.
The map provides substantial detail in South America, along with a number of vignettes showing native scenes, animals, canoes and huts. Off shore a number of sailing ships, canoes and sea monsters appear off both coasts. Massive decorative cartouche shows natives with weaponry and indigenous flora and fauna.
One of the earliest separate maps of South America and one of the first decorative maps of South America to appear in a Dutch Atlas.
Originally engraved by Jan Jansson, the copperplate was later acquired by Valk & Schenk.
The Valk & Schenk edition is by far the more scarce edition of the map.
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.
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