Regnum Angliae, sive pars Australis Magnae Britanniae, divisa in Regna Northumbriae, Marciae, Ostangliae, Westsexiae, Suthsexiae, Essexiae, et Cantium; quorum singula iterum divisa in Ducatus, Comitatus, Insulas Monam, Monaviam, et Vectam.
1724 (undated) 20.5 x 24 in (52.07 x 60.96 cm)
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This is a 1724 Gerard and Leonard Valk map of England and Wales. The map depicts the region from eastern Ireland to the North Sea and from Scotland to the English Channel, northern France (Pas de Calais and Nord departments), and Belgium. Highly detailed, myriad cities, towns, and villages are labeled throughout the entire region, not just in England and Wales. Some of the identified cities include London, Southampton, Cambridge, Newcastle, and Cardiff (Caerdyf), along with Belfast in Ireland, and Calais and Dunkirk in France. Seven geographical regions within England are shaded different colors to allow for easy differentiation, including East Anglia, Northumbria, Essex, and Sussex. Wales is also differentiated by color. The Isle of Man is depicted in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Gerard and Leonard Valk in 1724. We believe this map to quite rare, as it is part of only one known institutional collection at the Bavarian State Library in Munich and has no known market history.
Gerard Valk (September 30, 1652 - October 21, 1726) was a Dutch engraver, globe maker, and map publisher active in Amsterdam in the latter half of the 17th century. He studied mathematics, navigation, and cartographer under Pieter Maasz Smit. He later worked in London for the map sellers Christopher Browne and David Loggan. In 1687 he established his own firm in Amsterdam in partnership with Petrus (Pieter) Schenk, who married his sister in the same year. They published under the imprint of Valk and Schenk. Initially they published maps and atlas, acquiring the map plates of Jodocus Hondius in 1694. Later, in 1701 they moved into the from Hondius offices where they began producing globes. Valk and Schenk quickly became known for producing the best globes in the Netherlands, a business on which they held a near monopoly for nearly 50 years. He joined the bookseller's guide in 1711. Around the same time Gerard introduced his son, Leonard, to the business. Leonard was nowhere near as sophisticated a cartographer as his father and ultimately, through neglect, lost much the firm's prestige. After his death the firm was taken over by his widow Maria.
Very good. Blank on verso.