"The Sea-Atlas or the Watter-World, Wherein are Described all the Sea Coasts of the Knowne World", Goos, Pieter
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1667 (dated)
Color: Black & White
9 x 15.5 inches
22.9 x 39.4 cm
The Dutch dominated the market for maritime atlases for most of seventeenth century. The title pages from these atlases generally feature ships such as the dramatic naval battle revealed by two putti drawing back drapes that form the cartouche at bottom of this fine sheet. It is a beautifully composed design with the title displayed on an elaborate central cartouche decorated with a variety of navigational instruments. At top, Terra Mater gazes at the heavens while holding a terrestrial globe on her lap. In the surrounding clouds, a group of putti use a variety of astronomical instruments.
Fine impression with some soil and tears at paper edges, not affecting the image.