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Gerard & Leonard Valk, pair of table globes.
Amsterdam 1700 and 17[50]
A very attractive pair of globes (39 cm diameter), terrestrial and celestial, each with 12 engraved gores and 2 polar calottes. Landmasses coloured in green, red and yellow with the cities picked out in gold leaf, the constellations finely coloured and the stars picked out in gold leaf.
This pair of globes is a beautiful example of the outstanding work of the Dutch globe makers Gerard and Leonard Valk. (1652-1726) and (1675-1746).

Gerard Valk was an engraver and an art dealer, who from 1687 had a shop in the Kalverstraat, in the centre of Amsterdam. Around 1700, he moved his shop to a building on the Dam Square that had belonged to Jodocus Hondius in the 17th century.
In 1701, he requested and received from the states of Holland and West-Friesland a charter for making globes and a “planetollabium”- a device for calculating the positions of the planets.
(Dekker, p. 508).

The terrestrial is in its third state and it can be dated to 1750, the only new alteration made to the map of this globe is the addition of the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea following van Werdens observation of 1719-21 and the close by Aral sea. As was the custom then, the date of the globe was changed from the second state 1745 by pasting in the number 50.
( P. van der Krogt, p. 326).
On this sphere the pasted in number 50, is missing, and the last two numbers have been removed.

The celestial is in its second state.

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