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Scarce late 17th Century map of the Upper Nile and Kingdom of Prester John, based upon Jobi Ludolfi map of 1683.
The map provides a detailed treatment of Ethiopia and the Eritrean coast, originating from an Ethiopian manuscript. Embellished with depictions of wild animals and the royal coat of arms of Ethiopia showing a lion.
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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