Gerard and Leonard Valk

Dutch Double-Hemisphere World Map

Gerard Valk

Circa 1720

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Description

Scarce Dutch double-hemisphere colored world map.

  • Gerard and Leonard Valk (Dutch).
  • Amsterdam: Gerard Valk, c. 1720.
  • The decorative borders have allegorical scenes representing the Four Seasons with polar projections in the cusps.


An uncommon world map drawn by Gerard Valk (1652-1726) and his son Leonard (1675-1746). In the Western hemisphere, California is an island; a northwest passage is suggested by a "Mer Glaciale" leading from Hudson Bay towards the Strait of Anian; a "Terra Incognita" fills the North Pacific; and the partial coastline of New Zealand appears, based on the mapping of Abel Tasman in 1642. In the Eastern hemisphere the semi-mythical "Eso" (Hokkaido) is connected to mainland Asia, with a separate "Compagnies Land" adjacent; Australia is depicted without an east coast, with the suggestion that Cape York is connected to New Guinea and Tasmania is shown as a distant island.

Literature

SHIRLEY: 638.

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Printer's crease in bottom edge.

Dimensions

Height: 19.09 inches / 48.5 cm
Width: 22.44 inches / 57 cm

Subject

Travel, topography and voyages, Maps

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