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Description

Dutch Sea Chart of the Cape of Good Hope

Detailed early sea chart of the South African coast extends from Cape Negro to The Cape of Good Hope, with an inset map of The Cape of Good Hope which shows Table Mount and a second inset map of Vlees Bay.

Norwich describes the chart as a fine, decisive copperplate engraved map with a great deal of detail of the coastline from the Cape of Good Hope in the south to Cape Negro in the North. An identical sea chart, attributed to Jodocus Hondius, appeared in a rare pamphlet in 1652 which described the European holdings in South Africa the year Van Riebeeck landed in Table Bay.

Reference
Norwich, Maps of Africa, #243
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.