Schenk’s rare wall map of Asia, known in only one other example
By SCHENK, Petrus, 1710
Nova totius Asiae tabula.
- Author: SCHENK, Petrus
- Publication place: Amsterdam
- Publisher: Petrus Schenk Excudit. Met Previlegie P. Tideman deliavit G V Gouwen fecit
- Publication date: c1710
- Physical description: Engraved wall map on 9 joined sheets, with contemporary hand-colour in outline.
- Dimensions: 840 by 970mm. (33 by 38.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15703
Petrus Schenk (1660 — c1718) was “active as an engraver and publisher from the 1680s. His name appears on the title-page of Robyn’s ‘Zee-Atlas’ of 1683 and three years later a joint privilege was granted to him and his partner Gerard Valck. Koeman refers to a later privilege granted in 1695 to copy Sanson’s maps, including a world map which Schenk was ready to print by 1696 or 1697” (Shirley). He was born in Germany but settled in Amsterdam in the ‘Globe Kaart en Konstwinkel’ on the ‘Vijgendam’, where he became a pupil of the engraver Gerard Valck (1651–1726). In 1687 he married Valck’s sister Agatha. In 1694, Schenk and Valk acquired the plates for Johannes Janssonius’s ‘Atlas Novus’, which they reissued under their joint imprint. Schenk had three sons who all became engravers. The eldest son, Peter Schenk the Younger, also a cartographer, continued his father’s business in Liepzig. Younger sons, Jan and Leonard, remained in Amsterdam where they maintained the workshop established by their father. His daughter, Maria, married Leonard Valck, the son of Gerard, who continued his father’s workshop. Philips Tideman (or Tiedeman) (1657–1708) was born in Hamburg, but settled in Amsterdam as a designer. He was a pupil of Gerard de Lairesse and worked for Nicolaas Visscher II and Carel Allard. Gilliam van der Gouwen was a Dutch engraver from Amsterdam and a pupil of Pieter Picart. Between 1681 and 1713 he worked for Allard, Visscher, De Wit and Halma.
Rare: Schenk’s wall map of Asia is only known in one other example, as part of a set of continents, all of which are similarly rare, with only three examples of the map of America; and one of Africa known.
- Schilder,’ Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica’, 1990, Vol. III, p. 168
- Schilder, G. (2003). Monumenta cartographica Neerlandica. Alphen aan den Rijn: Canaletto/Repro-Holland. 8 volumes.
- Shirley, ’The mapping of the world’, 1983
- Shirley, Rodney. (1987). The mapping of the world. London: Holland Press.