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Fine old color example of Pieter Goos' highly coveted map of the Island of California and contiguous regions.

Goos' map is perhaps the most sought after of all maps of California as an island and the first sea chart to focus on the Island. This highly detailed mythological map is one of the best illustrations of the Island of California and one of only a couple of large format maps to focus on the Island.

R.V. Tooley referred to the map as " Perhaps the most attractive and certainly the most definite representation of California as an island. California is the centre and 'raison de'etre' of the map." Featured on the cover of McLaughlin's The Mapping of California as an Island," the map is probably the most recognizable map of the genre.

An essential map for California collectors.

Condition Description
Old color. Wide clean margins.
Reference
McLaughlin 36; Tooley, America, #22, p.117; Burden 391; Goss, Mapping of North America, #37, pp. 86-7. Leighly 47, pl. 10.
Pieter Goos Biography

Pieter Goos (ca. 1616-1675) was a Dutch map and chart maker, whose father Abraham Goos (approx. 1590-1643) had already published numerous globes, land and sea maps together with Jodocus Hondius and Johannes Janssonius in Antwerp.

Pieter Goos gained recognition due to the publication of sea charts. He bought the copperplates of the famous guide book for sailors, De Lichtende Columne ofte Zeespiegel (Amsterdam 1644, 1649, 1650), from Anthonie Jacobsz.  Goos published his own editions of this work in various languages, while adding his own maps. In 1666, he published his  De Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Weereld, which is considered one of the best sea atlases of its time.  Goos' sea charts came to dominate the Dutch market until the 1680s, when the Van Keulen family began to come to prominence.