Oblong 4to., (9 4/8 x 12 inches). Mezzotint frontispiece portrait of Frederick Guillaume of Prussia, engraved title-page and contents leaf, and 100 fine engraved numbered views of the 17th-century trading empire (EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT). 19th-century calf (rebacked to style, covers with some surface tears).
First edition. Including magnificent views of 65 western cities from Amsterdam to Uppsala; 12 eastern cities including Constantinople, the Burmese city of Bandel in Arakan, Batavia, Goa, Jerusalem and Peking; 13 views of African cities including Alexandria, Memphis, Gigeri in Barbery, Morocco and Algiers; and 10 views of important cities on the American coast, including Acapulco, New York as "Nieu Amsterdam" showing the Wall; Pernambouc in Brazil, San Francisco de Campeche in modern Maya, Havana, Cartagena in Colombia, Nombre de Dios in Panama, Panama, Puerto Rico, and San Salvador. Although born in Germany Schenk was apprenticed as an engraver under the tutelage of Gerard Valk in Amsterdam, who was to become his business partner, and with whom he published plates, and several important maps and atlases including the "Atlas Contractus." in 1705: "Schenk travelled extensively, particularly in his native Germany where he was to have a shop in Leipzig. On 2 November 1687 he married Valk's sister Agatha. His work in the field of cartography did not begin until about 1695, when in September the States of Holland and West Friesland gave permission for the publication of maps copied from the Sanson" (Burden).
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE, only two complete copies have been offered publically in the last 30 years. Alden & Landis 702/172; Burden 722 (note); Koeman, Sche 3. Catalogued by Kate Hunter