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    Sale 2825

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    30 June - 1 July 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 128

    A 39-CM. DUTCH CELESTIAL GLOBE

    GERARD & LEONARD VALK, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    A 39-CM. DUTCH CELESTIAL GLOBE
    GERARD & LEONARD VALK, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    Uranographia Caelum omne hic Complectens Illa pro ut aucta, et ad annum 1750 Completum MAGNO ab HEVELIO correcta est; ita, ejus ex Prototypis, sua noviter haec Ectypa veris Astronomiae cultoribus exhibent et consecrant GER. et LEON VALK; Amstelaedamenses. Cum Privilegio. A second pasted cartouche: MONITUM Novis hisce Sphaeris, Novissimus, Ex praescripto LOTHARII ZUM BACH Med: Doct. Unus, et alter additus Horizon: Quorum Is, qui huic Caelesti singularis, Praeter Communes atq. Bissextilem, Ut exactior Luminarium indagetur locus Ad Meridianum Amstelodamens. Plus, quam per Ducentos Annos, Suis Mensum Diebus Appositas Lunae Syzygias, Medio Tempore Medias, Ingeniosa Methodo et eruit, et exhibet a further pasted cartouche in manuscript : propter motum stellarum fixarum verses ortum post annum 1750 additione ¾ gr: correctis longitudinum ut instituatur monendus Uranophilus; on a Dutch-style stand
    58 cm. high


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    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 of 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 and sister of Petrus, and the late eighteenth century saw a number of successful reissues by publisher Cornelis Covens (1764-1825).

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    PLEASE NOTE THE DATE SHOULD READ FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, AND NOT AS STATED IN THE PRINTED CATALOGUE.

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