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 - Insulae Sardiniae Nova & accurata Descriptio

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Finely executed map of Sardinia, published in Amsterdam by Valk & Schenk. The map includes a decorative title cartouche, compass rose, coat of arms and second cartouche, along with sailing ships and a sea monster.


1698 - Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio Auctore Joh van Loon

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Scarce map of China and Korea, based upon Jansson's map of 1658. China is colored by provinces. Excellent detail throughout the map, which includes the Islands of Formosa and Hainan. The Great Wall of China is shown.


1700 - Huquang, Kiangsi, Che Kiang, ac Fokien, Provin: sivae Praefecturae Regni Sinens:. . .

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Fine example of the Valk & Schenk edition of Jansson's map of Hunan (Huquang), Jiangxi (Kiangsi), Zhejiang (Che Kiang), and Fujian (Fokien) in eastern China. The map is drawn largely from Blaeu's maps compiled by Jesuit Father Martino Martini who...


1700 - [ Hong Kong / Macao / Canton ] Iunnan, Queicheu, Quangsi et Quantun, Provinciae Regni Sinensi Praefecturae dictae

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Fine example of the Valk and Schenk edition of Jansson's regional map of China, including the Hong Kong - Macao Region . A beautifully engraved map of Southern China covering Hainan and the Pearl River Delta with Macao and the islands around...


1700 - Pecheli, Xansi, Xantung, Honan, Nanking, In plaga Regni Sinensis in ter Septentrionem ac Orientem Ceciam versus sitae Provinciae

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Scarce Valk & Schenk edition of Jan Jansson's highly decorative map of northeastern China and Korea. The present map is very geographically advanced for its time and depicts the provinces of Hebei (Pecheli), Shanxi (Xansi), Shandong (Xantung),...


1695 - India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes

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Gorgeous example Valk & Schenk's edition of Hondius' map of Southeast Asia, based upon Blaeu's map of 1635. An important Dutch map of South East Asia, noteworthy for being the second map to include the discoveries made in New Guinea and northern...


1690 - Jobi Ludolfi Habessinia Seu Abassia Presbyteri Johannis Regio . . . MDCLXXXIII

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Scarce late 17th Century map of the Upper Nile and Kingdom of Prester John, based upon Jobi Ludolfi map of 1683. The map provides a detailed treatment of Ethiopia and the Eritrean coast, originating from an Ethiopian manuscript. Embellished with...


1695 - Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior . . . .

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Attractive map of Southern Africa and part of Madagascar, shortly before the first Dutch settlement in the region. The area shown is from the Congo River basin around the Cape of Good Hope and up the east coast as far as northern present-day...


1690 - [Black Kingdom] Nigritarum Regnum

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The Black Kingdom Nice example of this decorative late 17th Century map of a part of West Africa, from the region surrounding the Senegal River to Angola. Nigritarum is the feminine plural work in Latin for the word negritis, meaning black. Richly...


1690 - Genehoa, Jaloffi, et Sierraliones Regna

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Nice old color example of this detailed sea chart of the West African Coast, from Senegal to Sierra Leone. Decorative cartouches, rhumblines, sailing ships and other decorative features embellish the map.


1695 - Guinea

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Decorative map of West Africa, published by Valk & Schenk in Amsterdam. The map includes numerous animals in the interior, sailing ships and several elegant cartouches. The sea is show with Rhumb lines. The first state of this fascinating map,...


1690 - (Cape Verde Islands) Insulae de Cabo Verde Olim Hesperides, Sive Gorgades Begice de Toute Elanden.

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Detailed sea chart of the Cape Verde Islands, published in Amsterdam. Shows a volcano erupting on the Isla de Fuogo.


1700 - [Title Page: Nova Totius Geographica Telluris Projectio. Edita Per Gerardum Valk]

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Fine full original color example of the title page from Valk's rare composite atlas. Valk's title page illustrates the mythical characters Atlas, Geography, Cybele, Neptune and History, surrounded by a putti. Above, the Angel of Fame with a trumpet in...