Sea chart (diptych). Uncolored copperplate engraving. Each image measures 17" x 18.5".
This beautiful diptych sea chart features the entire coast of Belgium with small parts of France, England, and the Netherlands. It shows the region from Calais to Nord Beveland and covers the major cities of Dunkerque and Bruges. The map includes depths, sand banks, rhumb lines, two compass roses, five decorative ships, and two coats of arms. An ornate title cartouche contains the scale and is surrounded by a triumphant merman and mermaids holding navigational and cartographic tools. This map was updated from Dirck Davidszoon's original map and published in Goos' "De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Weereld." It remains in its original uncolored state, which allows Goos' intricate line work to shine. It remains in its original uncolored state, which allows the map's intricate line work to shine. Minor overall toning with light offsetting. A few small tears to edges. Full original margins. 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.
Condition: Very Good