A Highly Sought After Dutch Rarity
Fine example of Pieter Goos's double hemisphere map of the World, one of the most sought after of all Dutch World maps of the 17th Century.
Pieter Goos' sea atlases were among the finest printed at the time, and his general map of the World is of equal quality. The two expertly engraved hemipsheres closely follow the work of Visscher and Blaeu. A host of birds are shown flying into a resplendent sun. Beneath, a set of allegorical figures representing the four seasons are shown with various other figures.
One of the most decorative world maps to appear in a Dutch atlas.
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.