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1659 Doncker Sea Atlas & Verbiest Map


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The National Library of Australia has posted a completed digitized version of Hendrick Doncker’s 1659 Sea Atlas. All plates are viewable as zoomable jpg. There are 19 maps and cover and title pages available for viewing as well as more information on Hendrick Doncker and his atlas.

“he Verbiest map of the World is believed to have been drawn for the Emperor K’ang-hsi or a senior official of the Chinese Emperor’s court between 1665 and 1688.” It is a map of both eastern and western hemispheres produced on silk. The images are in zoomable jpg format and are difficult to read. Some historical background is also provided.


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