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Old, antique map - Sea chart of Europe by P. Goos and W. Blaeu

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*** Extremely rare sea chart of Europe - Printed on vellum ***

Paskaarte Vertonende alle de Zèkusten van EUROPA. Nieulyez aldus uytgegeven, Door P.Goos . - P. Goos - W. Blaeu, 1655-1666.


Old map - Sea chart of Europe by P. Goos and W. Blaeu

Date of the first edition: After 1621
Date of this map: 1655-1666

Copper engraving and etching on vellum
Size: 69 x 86cm (26.9 x 33.5 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Contemporary old coloured. Two small places with loss of vellum in the center (20x25mm, and 5x5mm. replaced and redrawn). Seven small nail holes around the map. Staining mainly in the right and lower part of the map, a few brown stains in the right part. Generally in good condition on an uncut vellum. Strong impression.

References: Schilder 4, 45.2

Separate publication.

Printed on vellum, this is a variant of the second state of Willem Janszoon Blaeu's rare sea chart of Europe, c.1621, now published by P. Goos. The 2nd state described by Schilder IV, 45.2: the 4th line of the title cartouche says: "Nieulijcx aldus uytgegeven", our copy says: "Nieulyez aldus uytgegeven".
The chart was highly influential and was copied by Anthonie Jacobz and Justus Danckerts, as well as by Blaeu's own grandchildren Willem, Pieter and Joan.

Goos made the only re-issue of the original Blaeu plate, and Gunter Schilder dates this state between 1650 and 1666.
The text in the title cartouche, still crowned by the printer's mark of Blaeu, has been replaced and a new imprint has been placed in a new richly decorated cartouche in Greenland. The chart is oriented to the west. It shows the seacoasts of Europe from Novaya Zemlya and the Gulf of Sydra in the east, and the Azores and the west coast of Greenland in the west. In the north the chart extends to the northern coast of Spitsbergen, and in the south to the Canary Islands. The eastern part of the Mediterranean is included in the North African interior (Schilder).
Magnificently decorated, there are richly detailed European coats of arms, scale cartouches in the corners, several ships in the waters, a pair of native people in Greenland, and a number of animals portrayed on land, including polar bears and elephants.

Only 5 copies are listed in public libraries, three on vellum and two on paper. The three copies on vellum are in the Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe , Kungl. Biblioteket, Stockholm and The Library of Congress, Washington. The two copies on paper are in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

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