Santini's edition of Joseph De L'Isle's map of the Northern Pacific Ocean, North America and Asia. De L'Isle's map was a cartographic landmark, representing the most importatn advances in the mapping of this region prior to Cook. The map reported the discoveries of numerous Russian explorers, including Tchirkow and Vitus Bering and several overland expeditions, as well as the routes of Frondat, Spanberg, and other Europeans. The Manilla Galleon route is also shown. While the treatment of the NW Coast of America is largely conjecture and myth, the information derived from the Russians dominated regional cartography for three decades, until Cook brought significant updates. Wagner 566, Lowery 660, Tooley #103. Strong dark impresssion.
Paolo Santini (1729-1793) was an Venetian engraver known especially for his religious prints and fine cartographic engravings. He published in Venice and may have a been a member of the clergy. In his maps, he largely adopted and adapted the work of his French counterparts, especially the brothers de Vaugondy.