GOOS, Pieter (1615-1675). De nieuwe groote zee-spiegel, inhoudende de beschrijvinge der zee-kusten van de Noordsche, Oostersche en Westersche schip-vaert... Amsterdam: Pieter Goos, 1674.

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2 parts in one volume: "Van't Ooster-Water" and "Van't Wester-Water". Folio (20 x 12 inches). Engraved allegorical title-page with original hand-colour, HEIGHTENED IN GOLD (two small marginal repairs, not affecting the text, some spotting, lightly soiled). 59 double-page engraved charts, including 2 folding, numbered 1-31 and 36-54, with original colour in outline and all cartouches HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, 5 engraved vignette maps and views with original hand-colour in outline, two volvelles, numerous wood-engraved diagrams and woodcut coastal views in the text, all with original hand-colour and some HEIGHTENED IN GOLD (browned throughout, some spotting and creasing, map '41' of Yerlandt with small hole, some small marginal tears with early repairs sometimes affecting the image). Contemporary panelled calf (repaired at the head and foot of the spine, modern ties, endpapers renewed).  


Provenance: With the early 20th-century ink library stamp of Frankgott Mularis Samlinger of Norway at the foot of the title-page.  

Goos was the son of Abraham Goos (ca 1590-1643), who with Jodocus Hondius and Johannes Janssonius published a number of globes, land and sea maps. Pieter Goos published the first edition of his "Zee-Spiegel" in 1650 with text and charts borrowed or bought from Theunis Jacobsz' which had been published as his "Lichtende Colonne ofte Zeespiegel" of 1644. The "Zee-Spiegel" includes maps of Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, the North Sea and the Scandinavian and Baltic coasts, as well as Iceland, Greenland, and the west and south coasts of Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal, Barbary and the Canary Islands.

The "Zee-Spiegel", or "Mirror of the Sea" was an exceedingly popular book, in 1650 Johannes Blaeu, Janssonius, Colom and the Jacobsz family were all publishing versions of this pilot, and by 1655 Doncker had joined the competition.   However Goos' work seems to have been amongst the most successful: he published this book with few alterations (mostly to the short introduction to navigation and its Almanac) for 28 years, adding editions in English in 1658 and French in 1662. He added a Mediterranean section  (by Lootsman) in 1662, and was the first to undertake a fourth (the coasts of West Africa eventually published in 1685) and fifth part (in 1675 containing charts of the West Indies).  Koeman IV, pages 192- 202, Goos 29; "Mapping our World: Terra Incognita to Australia", National Library of Australia, page 146. Catalogued by Kate Hunter