Pieter Goos' Zee Atlas leads auction of maps and manuscripts

Pieter Goos' Zee Atlas was the lead lot of a sale of maps and manuscripts at Swann Auction Galleries on May 19.

It realised $125,000, an increase of 38.8% on an $80,000 estimate.

 Zee Atlas Groos
Pieter Goos was a notable 17th century Dutch cartographer

The book was printed in Amsterdam in 1672 and was instantly recognised as one of the most important atlases of its era. It contains some of the earliest detailed maps of the continents beyond Europe.

Very few were ever printed and, of those, even fewer have survived until the present day.

Edward Bailey and Samuel Kalama's engraving Honolulu as seen from the foot of Puawaina, Punch-bowl hill (1837) made $70,000.

It realised an increase of 133.3% on a valuation of $30,000.

The New York auction house comments: "This bird's-eye view of Honolulu from Punchbowl (Pouwaina) is the largest, and one of the most important, of the Lahainaluna engravings.

Honolulu, even in the 1830s, was acknowledged as the most important port in the Northern Pacific, and this image, as stark and unpromising as it appears to us, is its earliest published view."

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