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Banda Islands by Joannes van Loon, published by Valk & Schenk. c. 1700

The Valk Family

Gerard Valk (Valck) (1652-1726) was a publisher, engraver, art seller, and globemaker of Amsterdam. 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 Abraham’s sister, Maria Bloteling, in London around 1673; in that city, his son and successor, Leonard, was born in 1675.
Not long after, Bloteling and Valk returned to Amsterdam where Gerard Valk was registered as a burgher on December 8, 1679.
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 Sanson’s 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 Valk’s published theoretical works on astronomy and globes.
In 1710, the family tie between the two partners, Valk and Schenk, became even closer when Gerard’s son Leonard Valk (1675-1746) married Maria Schenk (1688-1770), Petrus’ daughter.
After the death of Gerard in 1726, the business continued in the hands of his son Leonard and Gerard’s widow Maria until she died in 1729, and then by Leonard until his death in 1746.


The Schenk Family

Petrus Schenk (1660-1718), the founder of one of the best-known publishing firms of Amsterdam in the 18th century, was born in Elberfeld, Germany, in 1660. He went to Amsterdam where he became a pupil of the engraver Gerard Valck. On 19 Nov. 1686, a privilegio was granted to Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk for the manufacturing and selling of their prints. Schenk’s contribution to cartography dates from c. 1695. In 1706 he moved to the Vijgendam in Amsterdam, ‘in Sanson’s Atlas’. After he died in 1718 his son, Leonardus Schenk, continued the art and print shop. The second son, Petrus II, settled in another famous house: ‘in Visscher’s Atlas’ where he continued the association with Gerard and Leonarus Valck.
The Schenk family produced general geographical atlases and special atlases. Apart from seventy original maps, several hundred are known with the name of Schenk, which were printed from plates obtained from Janssonius and Visscher. Schenk and Valck acquired all the plates of the Janssonius Heir’s Novus Atlas, Celestial atlas included. Many of Janssonius’ plates were reworked and amended.
The republishing of the maps from Janssonius’ Novus Atlas since c. 1680 was followed by the engraving of new maps, copied from Sanson’s better and more modern maps. Petrus Schenk published these maps in his Atlas Contractus sive mapparum geographicarum Sansoniarum auctarum et correctum Nova Congeries, also called Atlas Minor. After 1719, Petrus Schenk II continued the Atlas Contractus.
Petrus Schenk, the elder, enjoyed great fame as a print-seller and artist among art-and print-dealers in the whole of Europe. The great activity in map publishing, displayed by Petrus Schenk, the elder, was continued by his son and grandson. But the number of original atlas-maps is small. Like his father, who bought the copperplates of Janssonius’ atlas, Petrus Schenk II bought many of the plates formerly owned by Nicolaas Visscher.
Apart from the globes, maps and atlases, Petrus Schenk II published many books. He was older men of the booksellers guild in 1733.


Joannes Van Loon (? – 1686)

Not much biographical data is known about Johannes Van Loon. He was a well-known mathematical practitioner who worked during a long period for various Amsterdam booksellers. He was also an engraver of sea charts, as he signed the charts made for the well-known sea-atlas: Klaer-Lichtende Noort-star, published by him and his brother Gilles since 1661. This sea-atlas was the first project undertaken at his own risk. Before 1661, he had contributed in the composition of the pilot books published by Johannes Janssonius.
Janssonius employed him further for the cutting of the plates for the celestial atlas: Harmonia Macrocosmica, first published in 1660.
In 1666 the plates for the sea-atlas were sold to Joh. Janssonius van Waesbergen who sold the atlas in partnership with Van Loon, after supplementing the atlas charts with twelve new charts, all signed by Van Loon and Van Waesbergen.
Later he worked on the Zee-Fakkel by Johannes Van Keulen (1681) and on the Brandende Veen by Jacobus Robijn (1685).

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Insularum Bandanensium Novissima delineatio.

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Banda Islands by Joannes van Loon, published by Valk & Schenk.

Title: Insularum Bandanensium Novissima delineatio.
Amstelodami: Apud P. Schenk, et G. Valk. Cum Privil
J. van Loon delin. et sculp.


Cartographer: Joannes van Loon.
Engraver: Joannes van Loon.

Date: c. 1700.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Image size: 440 x 525mm (17.32 x 20.67 inches).
Sheet size: 535 x 620mm (21.06 x 24.41 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Composite Atlas. Amsterdam, c.1700.

The Valk Family

Gerard Valk (Valck) (1652-1726) was a publisher, engraver, art seller, and globemaker of Amsterdam. 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 Abraham’s sister, Maria Bloteling, in London around 1673; in that city, his son and successor, Leonard, was born in 1675.
Not long after, Bloteling and Valk returned to Amsterdam where Gerard Valk was registered as a burgher on December 8, 1679.
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 Sanson’s 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 Valk’s published theoretical works on astronomy and globes.
In 1710, the family tie between the two partners, Valk and Schenk, became even closer when Gerard’s son Leonard Valk (1675-1746) married Maria Schenk (1688-1770), Petrus’ daughter.
After the death of Gerard in 1726, the business continued in the hands of his son Leonard and Gerard’s widow Maria until she died in 1729, and then by Leonard until his death in 1746.


The Schenk Family

Petrus Schenk (1660-1718), the founder of one of the best-known publishing firms of Amsterdam in the 18th century, was born in Elberfeld, Germany, in 1660. He went to Amsterdam where he became a pupil of the engraver Gerard Valck. On 19 Nov. 1686, a privilegio was granted to Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk for the manufacturing and selling of their prints. Schenk’s contribution to cartography dates from c. 1695. In 1706 he moved to the Vijgendam in Amsterdam, ‘in Sanson’s Atlas’. After he died in 1718 his son, Leonardus Schenk, continued the art and print shop. The second son, Petrus II, settled in another famous house: ‘in Visscher’s Atlas’ where he continued the association with Gerard and Leonarus Valck.
The Schenk family produced general geographical atlases and special atlases. Apart from seventy original maps, several hundred are known with the name of Schenk, which were printed from plates obtained from Janssonius and Visscher. Schenk and Valck acquired all the plates of the Janssonius Heir’s Novus Atlas, Celestial atlas included. Many of Janssonius’ plates were reworked and amended.
The republishing of the maps from Janssonius’ Novus Atlas since c. 1680 was followed by the engraving of new maps, copied from Sanson’s better and more modern maps. Petrus Schenk published these maps in his Atlas Contractus sive mapparum geographicarum Sansoniarum auctarum et correctum Nova Congeries, also called Atlas Minor. After 1719, Petrus Schenk II continued the Atlas Contractus.
Petrus Schenk, the elder, enjoyed great fame as a print-seller and artist among art-and print-dealers in the whole of Europe. The great activity in map publishing, displayed by Petrus Schenk, the elder, was continued by his son and grandson. But the number of original atlas-maps is small. Like his father, who bought the copperplates of Janssonius’ atlas, Petrus Schenk II bought many of the plates formerly owned by Nicolaas Visscher.
Apart from the globes, maps and atlases, Petrus Schenk II published many books. He was older men of the booksellers guild in 1733.


Joannes Van Loon (? – 1686)

Not much biographical data is known about Johannes Van Loon. He was a well-known mathematical practitioner who worked during a long period for various Amsterdam booksellers. He was also an engraver of sea charts, as he signed the charts made for the well-known sea-atlas: Klaer-Lichtende Noort-star, published by him and his brother Gilles since 1661. This sea-atlas was the first project undertaken at his own risk. Before 1661, he had contributed in the composition of the pilot books published by Johannes Janssonius.
Janssonius employed him further for the cutting of the plates for the celestial atlas: Harmonia Macrocosmica, first published in 1660.
In 1666 the plates for the sea-atlas were sold to Joh. Janssonius van Waesbergen who sold the atlas in partnership with Van Loon, after supplementing the atlas charts with twelve new charts, all signed by Van Loon and Van Waesbergen.
Later he worked on the Zee-Fakkel by Johannes Van Keulen (1681) and on the Brandende Veen by Jacobus Robijn (1685).

References: Van der Krogt 1 - See 8562:1 (Janssonius)