A pair of rare Valk table globes published by Gerard and Leonard Valk at Amsterdam in 1750 and 1700. The Dutch globe makers Gerard Valk (1652-1726) and his son Leonard Valk (1675-1746) were the only significant publishers of globes in the Netherlands in the eighteenth century. The design of their globes was completely new and incorporated the latest geographical and astronomical discoveries and are hence the most accurate globes for that time. The pair includes a terrestrial and celestial globe with a diameter of 39 cm. (15 in.) each with 12 engraved gores and two polar calottes over a paper-maché hollow core, made up of two hemispheres joined at the equator and covered with a layer of plaster. Each globe is mounted in a new oak Dutch-style stand, the celestial globe with a facsimile paper horizon ring. Including the oak stand each globe has a height of 59 cm. (23 in.). The terrestrial globe in its third state, the celestial in its second state. A beautiful and eye-catching set of these rare globes.
Amsterdam, Gerard and Leonard Valk
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Since 2004 we are established as Boekhandel en Antiquariaat De Roo in a number of shop-premises in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands. Our offer is specialized in old and rare books from before 1800 and since 2018 we also sell antique globes. Most of the books concern theology, church history and history but also related subjects like atlases and handcoloured works. Beside this we deal in new books and second-hand books concerning the same matters in our store and webshop. In 2010 we started to sell by auction on an annual base, about 500 lots covering the area of old and rare books from before 1800, most concerning theology, church history and related subjects. Quality and completeness are valued high.