Abraham Goos

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The map engraver for John Speed’s atlas, ‘A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World’. Goos also worked as engraver for the major cartographic publishers of the day in Amsterdam: the Hondius and Blaeu families. His only independent publication was the ‘Nieuw Nederlandtsch Caertboeck’ (1616). Abraham’s son, Pieter Goos (1616–1675), was one of the best-known maritime booksellers of Amsterdam, responsible for publishing a number of very popular sea atlases, reissued over decades. He stated that his works were as beneficial to gentlemen and merchants as to pilots and seamen. This bias towards a gentleman’s library is evident in the minimal revision that the cartography underwent over time. Its beauty can be seen in his famous double-hemisphere world map.

Preview of Abraham Goos' double hemisphere world map: Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula. Adorned with delicate illustrations and cartouche around the spheres.