Sea Chart with Gulf of Mexico Directly from Gerritsz’ Original

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305. [MAP]. [GOOS, Pieter, after Hessel Gerritsz]. Pascaerte Van Westindien De Vaste Kusten en de Eylanden. [inset at lower left] Het Canael tusschen Havana aen Cuba eñ de Tortugas eñ Martyres aen Cabo de la Florida in Groot besteck [title cartouche showing two young Black men in loincloths holding up a cow skin with horns and tail still attached; two compass roses]. Amsterdam, 1666. Copper-engraved sea chart from Venezuela to the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, the West Indies, and the Atlantic coast up to north of Chesapeake Bay to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, on thick paper, contemporary color (outline and full in cartouche), rhumb lines. Neat line to neat line: 45 x 54.5 cm; overall sheet size: 51 x 62 cm. Very fine decorative map with excellent color.
     Burden, The Mapping of North America 389: “This chart of the West Indies and south-east North America is one of the derivatives of the Hessel Gerritsz c. 1631. It combines various features from some of the later examples. In some ways it follows more than most the original by Gerritsz, as it is the first to include the inset of the north-west coast of Cuba. However, it emulates the van Loon, 1661, in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Doncker, 1659, in its inclination of the south-east coastline. Here, though, Goos has dramatically improved the scale and depiction of the Outer Banks.” Koeman, vol. 4, p. 197 Goos 1B no. 35. Lowery 156. Phillips, Atlases 473-474.

     From the general note on the Goos 1666 maps that appears at Burden 386: “Pieter Goos was one of the most important of the booksellers in Amsterdam during the second half of the seventeenth century. The son of Abraham Goos, he was also an accomplished engraver as well as bookseller.... [The map] appeared in future Dutch, French, English, and Spanish editions of the Zee Atlas to 1683.”

     Jack Jackson, Flags along the Coast: Charting the Gulf of Mexico, 1519-1759: A Reappraisal, p. 8: “Hessel Gerritsz’s ca. 1631 chart of the Gulf of Mexico set the pattern for most maps of the seventeenth century”; p. 11: “Blaeu was not the author of the most influential Gulf map of the seventeenth century—Hessel Gerritsz was, a fact that most cartographic historians have overlooked”; p. 103: “Goos issued in 1666 his Paescarte van West Indien which appears to be the Geritsz c. 1631 chart.”


Sold. Hammer: $800.00; Price Realized: $980.00.

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