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British Isles.

SANTINI, FRANCOIS. British isles.. "Les Isles Brittaniques Comprenent les Royaumes d'Angleterre, d'ecosse et d'Irelande, divisés en Grandde Provinces, subdivisés par Comtés ....Par Le Sr Janvier Geographe.." 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 Janvier Shows the British Isles with part of the adjacent coast of France, Holland, Denmark, and Norway. Inset map of the Orkneys and Shetland.
Decorative title cartouche; strapwork scale. Dark impression; some light soiling to blank margins.

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.

Janvier, Jean Denis [Robert]1746 – 1776
Was a cartographer active in Paris between 1746 and 1776
Jean Janvier (1746 – 1776) produced a series of maps in the later half of the century. While there is some confusion about his Christian name, his maps usually were inscribed "Le Sieur Janvier".
He is best known for his collaboration with engraver Jean Lattre for an "Atlas moderne ou collection de cartes sur toutes les parties du globe terrestre par plusieurs auteurs ... Paris: Latte & Delalain, ." first released in 1762 and in several later editions some by C. F. Delamarche and by Chez Remondini.

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
490 by 668mm (19¼ by 26¼ inches).   ref: 3267  €200

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