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Goos's sea chart of California and the neighboring coastlines of Oregon, California and Mexico is one of the most desirable and highly sought after maps of California as an island. The map appearedin Goos' De Zee Atlas ofte Water-Weereld, published in Amsterdam in 1666. Goos' map (along with a map by Van Loon issued the same year) was the first folio sized map to focus on the Island of California myth. The shape of California follows the rare Luke Foxe map of 1635, which is often referred to as the second Sanson model. Point Conception and the Santa Barbara Channel have been transposed. The map is drawn largely from the information and depiction of California in Hendrik Doncker's map of the Pacific, issued in 1659. The Straits of Annian are shown and named, as is a stretch of land labeled Terra Incognita, depicting the then popular theory that a near continuous land bridge connected Asia and the NW Coast of America. This example is in attractive full orginal color. Minor offsetting and a bit of mottling, but in all a nice example with relatively wide margins for this map, which is often shaved into the margins. Burden 391; McLaughlin 36; Tooley 22; Wagner 394; Goss 37; Leighly 47 (plate 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.