Folio (20 2/8 x 13 inches). Letterpress title-page with list of contents. Additional engraved allegorical title-page with original hand-colour in full, 99 double-page engraved maps (index including title as first map) with original hand-colour in part (a few very small wormholes at lower edge affecting title and first 13 maps and very small wormhole in upper margin of last 10 maps not affecting engraved area). Fine contemporary Dutch speckled calf, the spine in 9 compartments with 8 raised bands, gilt morocco lettering-piece in one, the others decorated with fine gilt astrolabe tool (spine ends and corners with early repairs).
Provenance: with the 20th-century woodcut bookplate of C.J. Tencate on the front paste-down; Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), Library of Important Atlases and Geographies, his sale Sothebys' 10th October 2006, lot 518 A later issue, but a FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COPY.
"The first issue is thought to be about 1702, and in this, as in the present copy, the vast majority of maps bear the imprint of Valk and Schenk, as does the atlas of Cellarius produced in 1708, and David Mortier's "Atlas Anglois" in 1715. The maps with dates are from 1683, 1703, 1705 and 1707" (Wardington Catalogue).
Gerard Valk and his son Leonard were printers, engravers and globe-makers in Amsterdam, closely linked by marriage with the Schenk family with whom they also had a long business association in map engraving and publishing. With their co-publishers, the Schenk family was amongst the most prolific and best-known publishers of eighteenth-century Amsterdam. Many of the atlases they produced were primarily reissues from earlier printing plates that the family purchased from other cartographers. Their work, though often not original, is finely presented and demonstrates the precision and elegance associated with maps and engravings produced in the period. From the distinguished library of Lord Wardington whose collection of Atlases was unique: "a panoply of the history of cartography and of great mapmakers" (Andrew Phillips "An Appreciation", Sotheby's sale catalogue). Catalogued by Kate Hunter