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Rare Separately Issued Map of the World from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography.

Fine old color example of this rare double hemisphere map of the World, copying the decorative elements of Gerard Valk's world map of 1686 and Gerard Valk's unrecorded map of the World, but with significanly updated cartographic details in California, Florida, Korea, Japan and the shape of South America, among other features.

The map consists of a twin hemisphere world map, together with two polar projections. Surrounding the map are personifications of the four seasons (from upper left to lower right): spring, a dancing bear breasted Persephone and is garlanded with spring flowers; summer, Ceres brings in the wheat harvest; autumn, Dionysis accompanied by satyrs and cherubs, collects the grape harvest, and adorn a herm with vines; winter, represented by strong man carrying a stick, Boreas the north wind can be seen blowing, whilst cherubs gut fish.

Rodney Shirley opined that Valck's world maps were based on Jaillot's influential Mappe-Monde of 1674, but in fact all three bear a much closer relationship to de Wit's map.

This is the last of Valk's World Maps to appear on the market and the only one to include the imprint of his son, Leonard.

Condition Description
Old color. Some minor restoration and reinforcement to the blank margins.
Reference
Shirley 638.