The history of Goossen Goebens has to be entirely reconstructed from what is shown by his printed work together with the few facts which emerge from Plantin's account books. It thus appears that he began his career in 1561 as business manager of the recently founded literary press of Jan van Zuren in Haarlem. He subsequently became factor of the same firm when it entered a second phase in 1565 as a Protestant publishing house in Sedan, probably belonging to two of the Coornhert brothers. This connection lasted for a year, whereupon Goebens returned to Antwerp and spent a few months working for Plantin. It is possible that he then went to Vianen as a collaborator of Augustijn van Hasselt. When the town was occupied in May 1567, however, he did not seek refuge with Augustijn in Wesel but departed for Emden where, in the meantime, the Coornherts had transferred their press. That was where he worked until he managed to establish a printing press of his own in 1570. This continued its production until 1579, the year in which Goebens probably died. Some twenty-eight of Goebens's publications can now be identified, most of which appeared without an imprint. These include anonymous political pamphlets as well as works by Johan Fruytiers and the extensive Protocol of the conference with the Anabaptists in Emden in 1578.