Hendrick Doncker II
43.6 x 70.9 cms
Second copy known.
Highly detailed sea chart of Java, with many soundings and anchorages. Issued by Hendrik Doncker's son.
First and only edition, from the last and most advanced sea atlas ever produced by the Doncker publishing house, issued by Hendrik Doncker's son Hendrik (II). It contains 27 new charts, most of which are on increasing latitudes (Mercator Projection).
Hendrik Doncker senior had sold his copperplates and stock in 1693 to Johannes van Keulen, but after his death in 1699 his son Hendrik II issued an atlas with new charts. The atlas was not a commercial success and survives in one example only.
For about fifty years Hendrick Doncker ran a flourishing business in Amsterdam as a bookseller and publisher of sea atlases and textbooks on navigation. In a period when so many maps and charts were simply copied from other publishers, Doncker's charts were his own work and were noted for their accuracy and constant improvement. Apart from this work, he cooperated for many years with Pieter Goos and Anthony Jacobsz in producing a pilot guide 'De Zeespiegel'. Eventually his stock was sold to Johannes van Keulen.
(Moreland and Bannister)