This is really a wonderful original. Gerard Valk was the preeminent Dutch mapmaker in the late 17th and early 18th Century.
Around 1711 he brought his son into the business and they continued to create some of the best maps of the period. This is actually one of the nicest, most detailed maps of Africa from the period and seems to be one of their more rare works. The map is a wonderful engraving on large sheet measuring 20 x 24 inches. Minor toning and some spots but very clean.
Map looks to be laid down on substrate that repaired a few tiny losses along the margin edges. Early hand coloring is faint but still quite visible. Just a very good example of this scarce map. Framed in early 20th Century black wood frame.
He was trained under Abraham Bloteling, later becoming his assistant. The two moved to London where Valk worked with various map and print-sellers.
He married Abrahams sister, Maria Bloteling, in London around 1673; in that city, his son and successor, Leonard, was born in 1675. Around 1680 he began working with the German engraver Petrus Schenk as engravers, publishers, map and print-sellers. They acquired the plates for the Janssonius Novus Atlas and Sansons maps. Although they never shared premises, they worked closely together in the publications of editions of these works.Valk and his son Leonard are best known for their globemaking. In addition to globes newly compiled from the latest geographical and astronomical information, the Valks published theoretical works on astronomy and globes.
After the death of Gerard in 1726, the business continued in the hands of his son Leonard and Gerards widow Maria until she died in 1729, and then by Leonard until his death in 1746. CHECK THE PICTURES ON THIS EXCELLENT PIECE!! If you have any questions regarding the work, please dont hesitate to ask. Pictures are an excellent indication of condition. I guarantee and stand 100% behind everything I sell.No reason to open up any sort of cases. Just simply contact me and I will handle any and all problems. The item "Rare ANTIQUE Gerard & Leonardo Valk c1720 Hand colored Engraving MAP of AFRICA" is in sale since Monday, March 8, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "pmfeld" and is located in Holliston, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.