Pieter Goos's New Map of the World

Plate 1 in Goos's Sea Atlas of the Water World, this impressive double-hemisphere world map with dramatic original color, highlighted in gold, has symbolic representations, along the bottom margin, of the seasons and the stages of life, from Spring to Winter and youth to old age. At the top margin of the map, a goose flies toward the sun, a play on the mapmaker's name. Notice the Dutch touches: tulips at the lower left and ice skaters at the lower right, behind Winter, who is smoking a pipe. Goos's Sea Atlas is unusual in that it was published by a woman, Goos's widow. Few women were trained members of the publishing guilds, but some worked alongside their husbands for decades, and inherited their guild rights "” carrying on the business, in some cases, for years.


Pieter Goos. "Nieuwe werelt kaert" [New Map of the World]. Plate 1 in Goos's De zee-atlas ofte water-wereld [The Sea Atlas of the Water World]. Hand-colored engraving. Amsterdam: P. Goos, 1672.
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