Copper Engraved chart with coat of arms, map and the constitutional division of the 17 Provinces of the Netherlands.
Title: Tabula XVII Foederati Belgii Provinciarum Exhibens Earum divisiones, magnitudinemque Regionum Et urbium, una cum Regimine tam Politico quam Ecclesiastico, alusque rebus memorabilibus, in usum Historiarum et Artis Geographicae;- Tafel Vande XVII Nederlandze Provincien, Vertonende der zelver verdeling, groote van Landen en Steden, Mids-gaders haar Regering, zo Politiecq als Kerk-lyk, en veel andere merk-weerdige zaken, ten nutte van de Historien en Geographie
Published : circa 1707 by Petrus (Pieter) Schenk
Size : circa 19 x 22 inches
This decorative engraving of the the 17 Provinces of the Netherlands shows various coats of arms with descriptions, a map of Holland and a distance chart. It also mentions varouis important companies like the East India Company. It describes different measurements in the regions, the sizes of the cities and much more.
Map maker family:
The engraver and map publisher Peter Schenk was born in 1660 in Elberfeld He moved to Amsterdam in 1675 and became a student of Gerard Valck specializing in mezzotint. Valck was married to Maria Bloteling, the sister of the Amsterdam engraver Abraham Bloteling. In 1687 Schenk married Gerard's sister Agatha Valck. In 1694, together with Valck, he bought some of the copperplates of the artdealer and cartographer Johannes Janssonius. Along with Valck and Bloteling, he produced prints for the London market, though it is not known if he ever went there with them. Until 1700 he lived in the Jordaan, then he moved to Dam Square or to Leipzig, where he opened a shop, selling maps and art. He was a regular visitor to the trade fair Leipziger Messe in Leipzig, where he died. He had three sons who became engravers. His eldest son Peter Schenk the Younger was also a noted cartographer and art dealer who continued his father's shop in Liepzig. His sons Jan and Leonard stayed in Amsterdam and probably continued their father's workshop. His daughter Maria married Leonard Valck, the son of Gerard, who continued Gerard's workshop.
Condition: Good unfolded engraving, with slight browning on the edges (PLEASE see pictures)
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