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Nice example of this well executed late 17th Century map of Venezuela and the northeastern part of South America.
Includes 2 decorative cartouches, vignettes of various indigenous animals, a compass rose and rhumb lines, etc.
Originally engraved by Jan Jansson, the copperplate was later acquired by Valk & Schenk, with additional grid lines added at a later date.
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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