GOOS, Pieter (1615-1675). The Sea-Atlas or the Watter-World, Wherein Described All the Sea Coasts of the Known World

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GOOS, Pieter (1615-1675). The Sea-Atlas or the Watter-World, Wherein Described All the Sea Coasts of the Known World. Very Useful for All Shipmasters, Pilots and Seamen, as Allso for Marchants and Others. Amsterdam: Peter Goos, 1670.


Folio (20 6/8 x 13 2/8 inches). Letterpress title-page within an engraved elaborate allegorical border with contemporary hand-color (lightly soiled, edges a bit frayed). 41 double-page or folding engraved charts, all those called for in the index plus the additional CHART OF NEW JERSEY which is present in some examples, but not called for, the chart of the Zuyder Zee extended to include Harderwijck, all with EXCEPTIONALLY FINE CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOUR in outline, the cartouches and  frontispieces fully colored (outer margins of the chart of the Pacific with a few early repairs not affecting the image, some minor marginal worming and a few pale stains, occasional light browning). Original Dutch vellum gilt, with large corner pieces and central cartouche gilt on the sides, all gilt edges, two pairs of leather ties (expert and discreet repairs by Sangorski and Sutcliffe).  

Provenance: With the contemporary ownership inscription of Harr[y] Smyth obscured at the head of the title-page and the recto of the first map, but clearly visible on the recto of the 9th map, and with contemporary numbering in the top margin of each map; Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), Library of Important Atlases and Geographies, his sale Sotheby's 18th October 2005, lot 178.    

Fourth edition in English, the charts correspond with the edition of 1668, although chart 3 is now dated 1669. Like most Dutch Sea-Atlas publishers of the 17th century, Goos issued English editions to satisfy the British market. These are among the scarcest editions of his sea atlas, and are especially sought after with the map of New Jersey, as found in this copy.  

Designed to appeal to the armchair traveller, Goos's prospective clients were "Heeren en Kooplieden" (gentleman and merchants) before "Schippers en Stuurlieden" (pilots and seamen). Based on Hendrick Doncker's "Zee-Atlas" of 1659, particularly for its charts, and reprinted several times without much revision: 20 editions of this work were published between 1666 and 1683, a testament to its enduring popularity.  

 From the distinguished library of Lord Wardington, whose collection of Atlases was unique: "a panoply of the history of cartography and of great mapmakers" (Andrew Phillips "An Appreciation", (Sotheby's sale catalogue). Koeman IV, Goos 8; Phillips, Atlases 481a;  "Mapping our World: Terra Incognita to Australia", National Library of Australia, page 146.  Catalogued by Kate Hunter