Exceptional old color example of Hendrick Doncker's final edition of chart of the Pacific, the only edition to include the New Zealand Coastline.
The present example is of exceptional quality, printed on thick paper, the present example includes a remarkably rich coloring style, highlighted by a deluxe red color rarely utilized because of its great expense.
The map includes a several of the enduring cartographic myths, including California as and Island, Korea as an island, and incomplete coastal features, such as New Zealand, Australial, New Guinea and the Northern coastline of North America.
First published by Arnold Colom circa 1658, this chart is one of the rarest 17th Century charts of the Pacific. Burden notes that the map was derived from Jansson's map of the same title, but does not include the mythical Terra Incognita present in Jansson's chart.
Dedicated to Georgio Backer, the map would be revised once by Colom (improving the coastline of Japan), before the plate was acquired by Hendrick Doncker in 1676, who changed the imprint to add his name and removed the mythical set of islands which crossed the lower center of the map. In 1696, Doncker would again revise the map, creating darker shaded coastlines. With the final state of the map, Doncker added the coastline of New Zealand.
All editions of the map are extremely rare. We note only 1 appearance of the Colom (2nd Colom state) and 1 appearance of the Doncker (1st Doncker state).