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 shows a section of the eastern coast of the Netherlands, covering the regions of present-day North and South Holland. It is oriented with north to the lower right and extends from the island of Texel in the north to the Hook of Holland in the south. At the center of the map is the Breeveertien, a large shallow area just off the coast that, today, is used as an offshore wind farm. In addition to ports, the map includes soundings, sand bars, fishing banks and navigational hazards. It also features rhumb lines, scales, a ship, and two embellished compass roses. The title cartouche and scales are decorated with scrollwork. 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. No chips or tears, although bottom corners are worn and the center seam is slightly separated, 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.