Henrick Doncker, 1659 (1660): Pascaart vertoonen de Zeecusten van Chili, Peru, Hispania Nova, Nova Granada, en California… Excellent. Unrestored; toned overall.
“…the ‘Zeespiegel’, the ‘Zee-atlas’ stood on its own… …Doncker’s charts were the most up-to-date in the second half of the 17th century.” (—Koeman)
Burden (340) mentions that this map “depicts California as an island on a larger scale than any earlier sea chart.” The chartmaker Doncker, though sometimes engaging in collaboration with other makers, had a reputation for searching out and compiling his own data, in contrast to most others in the commercial Dutch map trade. Superficially similar to the charts of Goos, Lootsman, and Van Loon, Doncker’s sea charts are distinct in that he created his own original charts and continually corrected and improved them. This work comes his De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Waereld; Koeman comments that “…unlike the cooperation between Doncker, Goos and Lootsman, for the publication of the ‘Zeespiegel’, the ‘Zee-atlas’ stood on its own… …Doncker’s charts were the most up-to-date in the second half of the 17th century.”
Hendrick Doncker was born in 1625 or 1626, and died in 1699; The scarcity of information about Doncker’s atlases precludes the possibility of an exhaustive bibliography of the various editions of them. This chart is dated two years prior to the earliest known edition of his sea-atlas (the existence of a Doncker Zee-Atlas dated 1659 has been reported but not verified by Koeman); it is probable that this map was originally sold as a separate chart, by 1660 being bound as part of his atlas.