VALK, Gerard and SCHENK, Petrus, 1708.
Map. Hand colored engraving. 17" x 20".
This celestial chart from 1708 shows various astrological aspects, such as planetary opposition. The outer ring is labeled with the twelve Zodiac signs and it centers on a small world map in a North Polar projection. The chart is floating above clouds and cherubs. Beautifully colored. Andreas Cellarius (1595-1665) is the author of the Harmonia Macrocosmica (first published in 1660), a folio-sized work that is one of the most spectacular cosmographical atlases that was published. Gerard Valk (1652-1726) was a based publisher, engraver and globe maker from Amsterdam. He moved to London and 1672 where he worked with other map and print sellers. He later began working closely with Petrus Schenk. Although they never shared the same premises, the two worked closely together, taking advantage of the bustling cartographic trade in the city and quickly expanded their business from portraits and prints into maps and globes. Valk established his own globe making workshop in the same premises once occupied by Jodocus Hondius. Working with his son, they published various works based on the latest geographical and agronomical information. This is a beautiful example of his work.