Double hemisphere world map
By GOOS, Pieter, 1666
Orbis Terrarum Nova Et Accuratissima Tabula.; Nieuwe Werelt Kaert uijt gegeven
- Author: GOOS, Pieter
- Publication place: Amsterdam
- Publisher: Pieter Goos
- Publication date: 1666
- Physical description: Engraved map in original outline hand-colour heightened in gold
- Inventory reference: 3849
The decorations are whimsical for an atlas, and particularly Dutch in theme. The seasons sit grouped at the bottom. Spring is offered a pot containing tulips. The tulip craze had subsided from the bubble of 1637, but the flowers were still very popular. Winter smokes a pipe, while Breughel-esque skaters play ice games in the background. Among the birds flying towards the sun at the top of the map are a goose, a visual pun on Goos’ name; eagles, owls and doves representing Jupiter, Minerva and Venus; and a bird of paradise, with a long multicoloured tail and no legs. Birds of paradise were so named because when they were sent to the Netherlands their legs were cut off in order to make them easier to transport, which resulted in the popular myth that they spent their whole lives on the wing — they lived next to heaven.
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