Gerard Valk

Gerard Valk

Gerard Valk, or Gerrit Leendertsz Valck (1652-1726) together with his son Leonard, were the only significant publishers of globes in the Netherlands in the eighteenth century, enjoying an almost total monopoly in the first half of the 1700's. Initially an engraver and art dealer, and having worked for map-sellers Christopher Browne and David Loggan in London between 1672 and 1679, Valk established the firm in Amsterdam in 1687. Initially, they published maps and atlases, but in 1700 the company moved the shop to the building previously occupied by map and globe-maker Jodocus Hondius. In 1701, he applied for a charter for making globes and the "Planetolabium", designed by Lotharius Zumbach de Coesfelt (1661-1727), an astronomy lecturer at Leiden University. The Valks produced several editions of 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24-inch diameter terrestrial and celestial globes. The cartography, as stated on the cartouche, is based closely on the celestial atlas Uranographia, published in 1687 by the celebrated Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687).

Around 1711, when he became a member of the bookseller's guild, Leonard Valk (1675-1746) came into partnership and his name started to appear alongside that of his father on the cartouches of the globes, although the earliest of these, both terrestrial and celestial, still bear the date 1700. Leonard naturally took over the business on his father's death in 1726, and following his own death in 1746 the firm was run by Maria Valk, cousin, and wife to Gerard. By then its days of glory had passed. Leonard Valk died in relative poverty: his wife had to take in the washing of their aunt to make ends meet. The late eighteenth century saw a number of successful reissues by publisher Cornelis Covens (1764-1825), who ran the famous cartographical publishing house of Covens & Mortier (1721-1866) in Amsterdam. This firm was the biggest Dutch one for publishing maps in the 18th century. It was located on the Vijgendam (Fig Dam), the southern part of what is now Dam Square, the central hub of the city. They didn't move out of their building, but they did change addresses. At first in 1795 the whole Dam was rebaptized into Revolution Square, then it got the name Napoleon Square, till in 1813 after Napoleon's fall Covens & Mortier were back again at the Vijgendam.


1690 - [Wall Map] Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula. Auct. G. Valck.

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An Unrecorded Wall Map of the World from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. Finely preserved and previously unknown 4-sheet double hemisphere map of the World, intended to be displayed by a 17th Century Aristocrat. In the 17th Century, at the...


1702 - L'Amerique Septentrionale & Meridionale divisee en ses principales parties . . .

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Scarce map of America, published in Amsterdam by Gerard Valk. Valk's map of California shows many of the most fascinating myths of the 17th Century. California is shown as an island on the so-called "second Sanson Model." A massive land bridge extends...


1700 - L'Europe divisee suivant l'estendue de ses principaux Estats subdivises en leurs principales Provinces . . .

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Handsome hand-colored map of Europe, based on the geography of the French master cartographer Nicolas Sanson. The map comes from the Atlas Contractus sive Mapparum Geographicarum Sansoniarum, a semi-stable composite atlas published by Valk &...


1690 - Insulae Flandricae, olim Asores Dictae

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Nice example of Valk & Schenk's scarce sea chart of the Azores, published in Amsterdam in 1690. The map is oriented with north at the top and includes compass roses, sailing ships and 2 decorative cartouches. Each of the islands includes...


1694 - Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova

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Valk & Schenk's edition of Jansson's highly influential map of the East Coast of North America, from the Carolinas to Nova Scotia. Jansson based his map upon Johannes De Laet's map of 1630 (created and engraved by Hessel Gerritsz of the Dutch East...


1690 - Virginiae Partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumqus regionum Nova Descriptio

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Nice example of this scarce late 17th Century map of the Southeast. Valk & Schenk's map is a rare re-issue and reworking of Jan Jansson's map of the region. Jansson's map of the Carolinas and Blaeu's map of the Carolinas are virtually...


1690 - Nova Hispania et Nova Galicia

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Fine example of the scarce Valk & Schenk map of Mexico . Gorgeous map of Mexico extending from just north of Mazatlan to Acapulco and from Tehuacan to the Sierra Madres, showing Mexico City, Puebla (Angelorum Civitas), Colima, Campostella,...


1690 - Americae Pars Meridionalis

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Nice example of Valk & Schenk's map of South America. The map provides substantial detail in South America, along with a number of vignettes showing native scenes, animals, canoes and huts. Off shore a number of sailing ships, canoes and sea...


1690 - Venezuela cum parte Australi Novae Andalusiae

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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...


1695 - La Riviere de la Garomne et la Dordogne et le Pays aux environs de Bourdeaux (with plan of Bourdeaux)

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Rare map of Map of the Gironde estuary, published in Amsterdam by Schenk & Valk. The map shows the area where the Dordogne and Garonne rivers meet, and includes a plan of the fortified walls of the city of Bordeaux, along with several elaborate...


1700 - Hannonia Comitatus, in Praeposituris Montensi, Valentianensi, Quercetensi, Bavacensi, Malobodiensi, Athuniensi, Binchiensi . . .

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Detailed regional map, extending from Lille and Douay in the west and Charleroy and Phlippeville in the east, centered on Valencien, Conde, Mons, S. Amande, Cambray, Tournay, etc.


1690 - Ducatus Sleswicensis Nova Descriptio

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Nice example of Valk & Schenk's detailed map of the Schleiswig-Holstein region, published in Amsteram. Extends from Tonningen, Rendsberg and Kiell in the south to Colding, Rypen and Hadersleben in the north. Other larger towns include Sleswich,...


1690 - Ducatus Sleswicensis Australis

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Nice example of Valk & Schenk's detailed map of the Southern part of Schleiswig, published in Amsterdam. Extends from Tonning and Kiell in the south to Tonder and Apenrade in the north. Other larger towns include Sleswich. The detailed depiction...


1700 - Hassia Lantgraviatus Tam Superior Casselanensis quam Inferior Darmstadina quibus includunter et circumjacent Ducatus Anderlahn Comitatus Rehinfelt Homburg Waleck Solms Sigen Dillenburg Witgenstein Hatzfelt et Abbatia Hirschfelt . . .

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Highly detailed map of the region including a striking old colored cartouche. Cities shown on the map include Frankfurt, Maintz, Coblentz, Nassau, Waldek, Cassel, Eysenach, Erfurt, Hirschfelt, Fuld, Schwinfurt, Bamberg, Wurtzburg, Wertheim. The map...


1695 - Circuli Austriaci Orientalior Pars; in qua Austria Properia et abea Dependentes, Tum Ducatus, Stiriae, Carintiae, Carniola Tum Comitatus Hisce Inclusi, Cillensis et Goritiae Singuli Subdivisi . . .

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Fine example of Gerard Valk's map of Austria, the Gulf of Venice and part of Croatia and Istria. Highly detailed map of the region bounded by the Gulf of Venice and the Golfo Carnero, Stiria and Cherso Island in the South, and extending to north of the...


1680 - Taurica Chersonesus, Hodie Przecopsca, at Gazara dicitur.

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Detailed map of the Ukraine and surrounding regions between the northern coast of the Black Sea and Moscow. Shows ports, fortified cities and the mouths of the Danube. Two decorative cartouches.