Auction 125, Lot 492

"Pascaart van de Noort Zee Verthoonende in zich alle de Custen en havens daer rontom gelegen…", Goos, Pieter

Subject: North Sea

Period: 1669 (dated)

Publication: De Zee-Atlas, Ofte Water-Weereld…

Color: Hand Color

22 x 17.5 inches
55.9 x 44.5 cm

This splendid sea chart covers the North Sea. It is oriented by five exquisite compass roses with north to the right so that the coastlines of England and Scotland are along the top, and The Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway with a bit of the Baltic is at left and along the bottom. The two smaller compass roses show the deviation from magnetic north. The map provides excellent navigational information including soundings and the location of fishing banks. Beautifully embellished with the arms of Britain, Holland, Sweden and Norway, a sailing ship and two fine cartouches.

Pieter Goos was one of Amsterdam’s most prominent publishers of nautical charts. The reputation of his firm was matched only by that of the publishing houses of Blaeu and van Keulen and his maritime atlas of the world was one of the most complete sea atlases published prior to the appearance of Van Keulen’s Zee-Fakkel in the 1680’s.

References: Tooley (MCC-70) #290; Putnam, Early Sea Charts, pp. 99-100.

Condition: B+

This map is printed on thick paper with exceptional original color highlighted with gold leaf. The paper is toned with some scattered foxing, but the quality of the color more than makes up for the foxing.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/24/2008