Rare example of Doncker's first general chart of the Mediterraenan, divided into two sections.
Doncker's chart appeared only in the earliest editions of his sea atlas. It was replaced in later editions by two separate double page charts, one covering the east ern Mediterranean and one covering the western Mediterraenan. The chart is embellished with a compass rose, sailing ships and a decorative cartouche.
Hendrik Doncker was a famous bookseller in Amsterdam, who started with the age of 22 years and ran his shop successfully for fifty years. He published his first sea atlas around 1659. Due to the fact, that Hendrik Doncker corrected and improved his charts more frequent then other well known map makers, as van Loon, Goos or Theunis, his business was quite successful and there was a high demand for his works and this reflected also the various improved and corrected editions of sea atlases he published.