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The British Isles.

SANTINI, FRANCOIS. British Isles. "Brittanicæ Insulæ in quibis Albion Seu Brittania Major, et ivernia Seu Brittania Minor juxta Ptolemæi mentem divisæ..... à Ncolao Sanson ... redacte accurante Robert de Vaugondy..." Venice, Remondini, 1779
Copper engraved map of the British isles from Santini's "Atlas universel dressé sur les meilleures cartes modernes". Original outline colour; verso blank.
The map after Vaugondy is based on that of Nicolas Sanson [see items 3621 & 3262] Dark impression; some light soiling; horizontal crease to left.

Francois [Francesco] Santini
was an Italian cartographer and map publisher based in Venice, who re-issued the works of Robert de Vaugondy, Homann's Heirs and De L'Isle.
Cartography in Italy was then at a rather low ebb, so Santini, essentially a publisher rather than a map-maker modelled his work on two of the leading practitioners of cartography in Europe, the French map-makers Gilles and Didier Robert de Vaugondy and their "Atlas Universel" first published in 1758 and running to many editions; its commercial success led Santini, to commission a new set of plates, published between 1776-84, being almost exact copies of the original French maps to which were added new maps of Italy for the home market.

Robert de Vaugondy
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688–1766), also known as Le Sieur or Monsieur Robert, and his son, Didier Robert de Vaugondy (c.1723–1786), were leading cartographers in France during the 18th century.
Gilles and Didier Robert De Vaugondy produced their maps and terrestrial globes working together as father and son. In some cases it is uncertain whether Gilles or Didier made a given map; Gilles often signed maps as M.Robert, while Didier commonly signed his maps as Robert de Vaugondy, or added fils or filio after his name.
In 1757, Gilles and Didier Robert De Vaugondy published the "Atlas Universel."

Remondini (fl. c. 1657 - 1861)
were a family of printers who worked originally based in Bassano del Grappa, near Venice.
Giovanni Antonio Remondini (1634-1711), the family patriarch, was born in Padua in 1634. In 1657, he took a home the main square of Bassano where he opened a shop drapes, wool, silk and iron tools. He also sold woodcuts of saints which proved popular with local farmers who believed they bought spiritual protection. When Giovanni died in 1711 his printing business fell into the hands of his son, Joseph Remondini. In 1750 Joseph expended the family business into Venice proper. Having several paper factories established by Giovanni Antonio, the Remondini were in a position to undercut competitors in Venice.
The Remondini employed a number of talented engravers, including Paolo Santini, an Abbot who specialized in sacred images as well as cartography. Their corpus includes several beautifully produced atlases, though, cartographically speaking, little in the way of original work. The family fell into decline following the Napoleonic invasions, finally closing their doors in 1861
488 by 555mm (19¼ by 21¾ inches).   ref: 3263  €150

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