Amsterdam: Jacques & Gasper Anthoine, 1669. unbound. Sea chart. Uncolored copperplate engraving. Image measures 17 1/4" x 21 1/4"
This rare sea chart by Pieter Goos features six charts of northwest Africa on one sheet. The upper chart covers the area once known as the Barbary Coast in Morocco, reaching from Mehdya, near Casablanca, in the north to Ras Nouadhibou (known as Cape Blanc or Cabo Blanco) in the south. The middle chart extends from Ras Nouadhibou along the coast of Western Sahara. The lower part features four insets with detailed charts of the islands of São Miguel, Faial, and Terceira in the Azores, and Madeira and Porto Santo in the Madeira Archipelago. In addition to ports, the map includes soundings, sand bars, fishing banks and navigational hazards. Each chart has rhumblines and its own title cartouche and embellished compass rose. This map was published in Goos' "De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Weereld" and remains in its original uncolored state, which allows Goos' intricate line work to shine. It is in good condition with slight foxing, soiling, and off-setting. Minor chips to lower margin not affecting the image. Pieter Goos (1616-1675) was a Dutch cartographer, engraver, publisher, printer, and print-seller based in Amsterdam. He belonged to a noted family of cartographers, headed by his father Abraham, who prepared plates for many maps published in the important atlases of the time. His pilot guide, the "Zee-Spiegel," provided some of the first charts of newly explored regions in the West Indies and Western Africa, and his "Zee-Atlas" is considered one of the best sea atlases of its time. This map is a fine example of Goos' high quality, visually appealing sea charts.