Early state of Pieter Goos's chart of the British Isles.
Striking sea chart of the British Isles, showing north oriented to the right and embellished by decorative cartouches, sailing ships coats of arms and two decorative compass roses. The map extends to include the English Chanel and coastline of Normandy and identifies soundings, sand bars, fishing banks and navigational hazards. A nice example of this scarce chart.
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 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-Wereld, which is considered one of the best sea atlases of its time. Goos' sea charts came to dominate the Dutch market until the 1670s, when the Van Keulen family came to prominence.