Sept. 21. #MaltaMapMonday. A new addition this week comes from the 16th century, being a hand-colored engraving printed by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg, “Malta" in Civitates orbis terrarium, vol. 1. Cologne: [s.n.], 1597. The map shows the early construction of Valletta, built as a response to the Great Siege of 1565. Note the chain across the harbor!
Sept. 14. #MaltaMapMonday Birds-eye view of fortified Valletta, with key. Note the Cross of St. John on the compass rose on the inset map of the Maltese archipelago. A second compass rose has a map of the Italian peninsula. Matthaus Merrian's engraving found in Martin Zeiller's "Topographia IItaliae," (1640-1730). Courtesy of Stanford University.
June 1, #MaltaMapMonday offers us as wonderful 18th century map by A.A. P.v.d., "L'ile de Malte, anciennement Melita," published in Leiden, c.1728. The map was published in "La galerie agréable du Monde", and note the fine cartouche with naval scenes.
March 29, in preparation for the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta, here is a #MaltaMapMonday map of the great siege printed in the early 17th century. "Isle et Siege de Malte." printed in Paris by Jean Baudoin, c.1629. Engraved by Henri Raignauld for Anne de Nabarat's French translation of Giacamo Bosio's 'History of the Sacred Religion and Illustrious Militia of St John of Jerusalem'.
April 6, #MaltaMapMonday continues are recent posting of 17th century maps, with this nice map "Malta" taken from "L'isole più famose del mondo descritte da Tomaso Porcacchi da Castiglione,' printed in Padua in 1620. Image courtesy of The Gennadius Library - The American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
April 27, #MaltaMapMonday offers us a wonderful 17th century colored map with illustrations, including naval battles, the Holy Family, and a Knight and Ottoman Turk. The map comes from J. Blaeus Grooten, "Atlas, oft Werelt- Beschryving, in welcke 't Aerdryck, de Zee, en Hemel, wort vertoont en beschreven" (Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1664).
August we wanted to to share one early printed map of the Great Siege of Malta. Antione Lafréry's "Ultimo disegno delli forti di Malta uenuto novamente" published in Rome: Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
April 13, #MaltaMapMonday we have a nice bird's eye view of Valletta with the Maltese archipelago in a cartouche, "Valletta Citta Nova di Malta". Note the cross on the compass rose on the inset map of the Maltese archipelago. SW at top. After Villamena’s map of 1600-1602, in "Sommaire des Privileges Octroyez a l’Ordre de S. Jean" Image courtesy of the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection.
Feb gives a compilation map of Malta appearing alongside the islands of Sardinia and Corsica. Johann Christoph Weigel, "Insularum Corsicae Sardiniae Melitae Accurata Descriptio ex mente veterum Geographorum.
Sept. 28. We have a new #MaltaMapMonday engraving today by Charles Inselin, and shows the details of Valletta with the additions of Floriana and the Cotoner Lines. This map comes from Nicolas de Fer's "Les forces de l'Europe, ou Description des principales villes, avec leurs fortifications,” Paris: chez l’auteur dans l’Isle su palais, 1690-1694.
Aug. 31. #MaltaMapMonday. This 17th-century print by the poet Daniel Meisner formed part of his "Thesaurus Philo-Politicus. Das ist Politisches Schatzkästlein guter Herren und bestendiger Freund" printed by Eberhard Kieser in Frankfurt in 1638. Note the classical medical Stoic proverb in Latin "Whatever you do, do it wisely, and look at the end" followed by a more Christian "At the end of life, there will be eternal life." The title reads, "One must reflect on the end of life."