Pas caerte van Nieu Nederlandt en de Engelsche Virginies van Cabo Cod tot Cabo Canrick
Amsterdam: 1666. Copper engraving with period outline colour. Sheet size: 17 3/4 x 22 1/8 inches.
One of the finest and most beautiful 17th-century charts of the Northeast of America, from 'De Zee Atlas ofter Water-Weereld.'
The seventeenth century was the Golden Age of Dutch mapmaking. As the world's greatest trading nation, marine cartography was a particular specialty, and no one produced more lavish sea charts than Pieter Goos. Finely drawn and engraved, printed on top quality paper, and beautifully coloured, they were intended more for the merchant collector than the practical mariner. Goos' Zee-Atlas was the companion marine atlas of choice for Joan Blaeu's famous terrestrial atlas, the Atlas Maior. This is the general chart of New Netherland from the Zee-Atlas. It covers the Atlantic coast of America from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras. The emphasis is on the Dutch colony of New Netherland. New Amsterdam (the future New York) is shown at the tip of Manhattan Island. Many other place names of Dutch origin appear, including 'Staten Eylandt', 'Lange Eylandt', and 'Vlysingen' (Flushing). Along the Delaware River a number of Dutch settlements are shown, including Fort Casimir, Nassau and Elsenburgh, as well as the Swedish Fort Christina. The Schuylkill River, site of the future metropolis of Philadelphia, is also located. In New England, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are shown with their present names, and several early English settlements, such as 'New Plymouth' are located. The delineation of the Chesapeake Bay is also quite good, with Jamestown located. The Potomac River is shown as the 'Patwomeck'.
Burden,The Mapping of North America, plate 387; Humphreys, Old Decorative Maps and Charts, plate 63; Deak,Picturing America , 48.