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 - Russiae, vulgo Moscovia dictae, Partes Septentrionalis et Orientalis . . .

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Nice example of the Valk & Schenk's map of the European part of Russia. Includes a Russian Imperial coat of arms and 2 cartouches.


1690 - Hungariae Regnum

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Detailed late 17th Century map of Hungary. Includes decorative cartouche, coat of arms, etc. Originally engraved by Jan Jansson, the copperplate was later acquired by Valk & Schenk. The Valk & Schenk edition is by far the more scarce edition...


1690 - Nova et Accurata Transylvaniae Descriptio

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Finely executed map of Transylvania, originally published in 1665 for Jansson's Atlas Maior, and later acquired by Schenk and Valk. One of the earliest separately published maps of Transylvania.


1690 - Tabula Ducatum Livoniae et Curlandiae recentior incisa editque . .

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Scarce Gerard Valk map of the northern Baltic coast, in old color. A rare Valk imprint, printed on double thick paper, with wide margins and old color.


1700 - Status Mediolanensis nec non Ducatum Mantuae, Modenae, Parmae ut et Genuensis Reipublicae; suis cum finitimis Dominiis Accuratissima delineatio . . .

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Striking old color example of Valk's scarce map of Northern Italy. The map is in fine old color and printed on double thick paper, from a composite atlas of the period.


1690 - Ducatus Bracciani et Anguillariae Comitatus olim Sabatia

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Decorative regional map centered on Lago de Bracciano, just to the North of Rome.


1690 - Romagna olim Flaminia (including San Marino)

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Detailed example of the eastern portion of Emilia Romagna, including the Principality of San Marino.


1690 - Territorio di Bologna

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Nice old color example of Valk & Schenk map of the Territory of Bologna. Major towns shown include Bologna, Modena and Ferrara.


1690 - Calabria Ultra olim Altera Magnae Graeciae pars

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Nice example of Valk & Schenk's map of Calabria and the northern tip of Sicily. Includes sailing ships, a sea monster and decorative cartouche. Larger cities include Reggio Calabria, Bova, Fiumara, Gerace, Oppida, Nicotera, Isola (di Capo...


1690 - Calabria Citra olim Magna Graeciae

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Nice old color example of Valk & Schenk's map of the north part Calabria. Includes sailing ships and decorative cartouche. Larger towns include Cosenza and Rossano.


1642 - Arragonia Regnum

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Gorgeous map of Valk & Schenk's map of Aragon, centered on Zaragoza and extending to Balbasdtor, Huesca, Calataiud, Tortosa, Tervel, Albarrazin, Cuenca etc. Shows towns, rivers, mountains, lakes, valleys, etc. Includes 2 large cartouches and 5...


1700 - La Mer Mediterranee divisee en ses Principales Parties ou Mers

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Scarce map of the Mediterranean, published by Gerard Valk circa 1700. The map extends from the Straits of Gibraltar to Cypress and Haifa. Includes an allegorical title cartouche. A fine old color example of a map that appears to be quite rare on the...


1680 - Gothia

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Decorative map of Gothia, published by Valk & Schenk. The map is richly decorated with a large figurative cartouche, scale of miles and sailing ships. Shows the area including Gothenburg, Malmo, Copenhagen, Lund, Helsingborg, Kristianstad,...


1690 - Jutia Septentrionalis in qua Dioceses Alburgensis et Viburgensis

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Nice example of Schenk and Valk's map of the northern part of Jutland. Major cities include Viborg and Aalborg.


1690 - Ducatus Slesvicensis Pars Septentrionalis . . .

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Detailed map of the southernmost part of Denmark, published in Amsterdam by Valk & Schenk.


1690 - Magnus Ducatus Finlandiae Auct. Andrea Bureo Succo

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Nice example of one of the earliest maps of Finland, based upon the work of Anders Bure. Originally engraved by Jan Jansson, the copperplate was later acquired by Valk & Schenk. The Valk & Schenk edition is by far the more scarce edition of...