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Rare first state of Goos' striking early chart of the North Atlantic, from northern Canada to the British Isles.

The chart is intended to depict the eastern approach to the Northwest Passage, over the top of the North American continent. The map includes a detailed plan of the coastlines, soundings, anchorages, coastal details, towns, rivers, islands and rhumb lines, along with a compass roses, sailing ships, cartouche and scale of miles.

This rare first edition appeared in 1650 and bears the curious page number 23 1/4 in the lower right corner. The map is one of Goos's newly engraved plates, at the time he was acquiring the plates of Theunisz Jacobsz, which had first been issued in 1644.

While Theunisz had engraved a smaller plate for his map of the same region, Goos saw fit to create an entirely new plate, which appeared in his Lichtende Columne ofte Zee-Spiegel. For the first state, Goos did not include the coastline of Labrador, which was added in the second state (1666).

Condition Description
Old color.
Burden 289, State 1.
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 1670s, when the Van Keulen family came to prominence.