Gorgeous old color example of Pieter Goos' sea chart of Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea and India. First published in Goos' Zee Atlas. The chart is the second of two charts encompassing the sea routes from Southern Africa to the Far East, as typically followed by ships of the Dutch East India Company in this period. As the second and easternmost sheet, the chart encompasses the regions from Cape Comorin (Southern India) to Japan. The discoveries made by Tasman in Northern Australia in 1644 during the course of his second voyage are included. Three Dutch galleons appear in the lower right corner of the map. Decorative title cartouche in lower left surmounted by winged putti and cherubs. Goos' map served as a prototype, both in its detail and orientation (with East at the top of the sheet) for many subsequent Dutch charts of the late 17th and early 18th Century. The chart also served to propagate knowledge of Tasman's recent Australian discoveries more widely. A nice example, lavishly highlighted in gold. Minor repairs in the margins, several of which just enter the printed image and evidence of some old creases near the centerfold, but generally a nice wide margined example of this important early map. Tooley 670; Suarez p. 209; Schilder p 204; Clancy 6.14.
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.