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68/6549 Globes Cosmotheore Coelesti nostro Globo
68/6549 Globes  Cosmotheore Coelesti nostro Globo
68/6549 Globes  Cosmotheore Coelesti nostro Globo
68/6549 [Globes]. "Cosmotheore, Coelesti nostro Globo (...).". Terrestrial table globe with 12 mounted partly handcol. engr. paper gores and polar calottes, heightened w. gold, Ø 30,5 cm., supported in scaled brass meridian ring, in oak and ebonised wood cradle stand w. horizon ring w. mounted handcol. engr. zodiac and calendar scales and wind directions, total height ±45 cm., Amst., G. and L. Valk, ±1711.

- Professionally restored copy. Restored small surface damages/ tears in gores (occas. w. minor ms. additions), the paper (of globe as well as ring) sl. browned. The cradle stand is most probably originally the celestial sphere's stand, having "Heemel" written on the bottom in pencil in old handwriting (the stands would have been identical so it makes no difference).

= Early, second edition of the 12-inch variant of Valk's fine "Aerdkloot, na 't ontwerp en accuraeste observatie der beroemste Geographici" (advert. for the 9-inch pair of globes, Amsterdamsche Courant, August 9, 1701), which - as usual - formed a pair with a celestial globe (not present). The first edition of this globe was published somewhat later than the year 1700 engraved on the globe itself, between 1701 and 1707 (following an advert. of 1707) and bore Gerard Valk's name alone; the second edition also showed Gerard's son Leonard's name, as on the present copy ("Ger. et Leon. Valk Calcographi") and can be dated 1711 or shortly after, as Leonard joined his father as a bookseller in 1711. P. van der Krogt, Globi Neerlandici p.303ff: "Gerard Valk (...) had a substantial reputation as a publisher of maps, prints and atlases when he began to make globes. (...) [They] appear to have been made for scholarly purposes. The map contains no lavishly decorated cartouches, no elaborate calligraphy, no long informative texts. (...) The basis of the terrestrial globe's map was Jacques Cassini's 1696 map, or one of its derivatives. (...) Characteristic of it is the almost total lack of hypothetical coast lines. The only exception (...) is the 'Terre de Iesso' or 'Terra Esonis' between Siberia and North America. In addition to Cassini's map, the most recent sources available were consulted. (...) The engraving work of Gerard Valk's globes was of the highest type." The globes were sold completely mounted, and not, as was also the practice in these days, as separate gores to be mounted elsewhere. All globes were given a manufacturing number, either Arabic (impressed on the back of the meridian ring) or Roman (scratched on mounting parts); our copy has "25" impressed on the meridian ring. To date, in all 83 surviving Valk globes (counted as single items, not as pairs) have been detected, all diameter sizes and editions included. Van der Krogt, Old Globes in the Netherlands, lists only 2 copies of the 12-inch variant. SEE ILLUSTRATION ON TITLE-PAGE.

€ (25.000-35.000)