Striking old color example of Goos' decorative map of the World.
Pieter Goos' marine 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.
The map has become quite scarce on the market over the past decade, this being only the second example we have seen available in the past five years. Laid on a double sheet, as is almost always the case with this map.
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.