Venice: Francois Santini, 1776. An engraved map, 29 x 20.5 inches (image size: 25 x 18 inches). A clean and attractive copy. Contemporary colouring in outline, and handsome colouring of the cartouche and decorative marginal figures. An early issue of this significant map, first issued in Paris in 1750 [possibly 1752]. There is no imprint at the lower right. This edition by Santini was issued in Venice for Francois Santini and Joseph Remondini's 1776 reissue of De L'Isle's Atlas Universel. Item #311158
¶ A foundational map and the single most influential map of the the Pacific Northwest issued in the middle of the 18th Century. This map is notable for its depiction of the mythical "Sea of the West", which occupies much of Western Canada. This nonexistent ocean was created from accounts of Juan de Fuca's claims of discovery of the Strait of Anian (the Northwest Passage) in the late 1500's. This, combined with published accounts of Admiral Bartholomew de Fonte's discovery of an inland Sea in the region in 1708, led to the belief that a large inland sea existed in the West. De Fonte and his account are now assumed to be fictitious; still, the accounts seem to be (rather inaccurately) describing the Salish Sea, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.