Schenk's father, Pieter Schenk (1655-1718), was born in Eberfeld (Germany). He went to Amsterdam and became an apprentice of the famous engraver and publisher Gerard Valck. After marring Valck's sister in 1687 gained his own reputation als printer, print seller and publisher of maps atlases and architectural drawings. His son Pieter Schenk (the Younger), continues his work in close cooperation with the Valck family.
A re-issue of a Janssonius map from 1658, notable for the data provided by the Dutch expedition under Maarten de Vries in 1643. Hokkaido ("Eso"=Ezo) and Sakhalin are shown joined, the Southern Kuriles islands of Iturup and Urup are calles Staaten Eyland and Compagnie's Land.