Old color example of Hendrick Doncker's map of the Western Mediterranean, including Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and the Balearic Islands, along with the contiguous coasts of Spain, Italy, France, Dalmatia and North Africa.
The map appeared in Doncker's rare Nieuw Groot Sturmaans Straets-Book, published in Amsterdam. Doncker's sea charts are among the earliest and scarcest sea charts of the region, and reflect both a fine engraving style and precise work.
Hendrik Doncker was a prominent bookseller in Amsterdam best known for his sea charts and nautical atlases. He issued his own original charts, which he updated frequently, and also worked with colleagues like Pieter Goos, for example to produce the pilot guide, De Zeespeigel. He died in 1699, after fifty years in business. His plates then passed to Johannes van Keulen.