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Antique maps and town views of Malta and Valletta

Malta Maps and views
A Manuscript map and 3 town views of Malta and Valletta.

With a dedication to Pierre Antoine Charles MESGRIGNY, Commander of the Order of Malta, and Governor of Gozzo from 1793-1798.
A map of Malta and Gozo in French, toped by a panoramic view of Valetta with the Knight's ships in the foreground (Veue de la Cité Valette du costé du grand port) and a plan of Valetta in lower left corner, with numbered key (1-20) for the fortification (Explication des chifres pour la fortification). Lower right a view of Rabatto and the castle of Gozo (Veue du Rabato et chateau de Goze). The castle with the flag of the Order of Saint John.
Anonymous French manuscript, in pen and ink and wash colour on paper, no date, ca. 1768-1798). 500x730mm. The outline of the island looks similar to the map by Charles Amadeus de Berey of 1726 (Carte des isles de Malte du Goze et du Cuming avec la position des batteries et des redoutes faites pour la défense de la coste ). Names are in Italian and French, the scale is in French Toises (Echelle de cinq mille Toises and Deux lieues Communes de France).
The map is offered together with 3 watercolours in pen and ink on paper and pasted on board with panoramic views of Malta. (345x510mm).
Price in request.

- Veue de la Cité Valette du côté du Grand Port.
With a numbered key 1-30 in bottom. Larger and smaller ships with the flag of the Order of St. John, and one French vessel with a rowboat with the French flag.

- Veue de Ricazoly du Bourg, et de L'Isle.
Larger and smaller ships with the flag of the Order of St. John. The Fort Ricasoli to the left.

- Veue du Fort Ricazoli et de la Cité Valette du côte du Gregal.

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A map of Malta and Gozo in French, toped by a panoramic view of Valetta with the Knight's ships in the foreground (Veue de la Cité Valette du costé du grand port) and a plan of Valetta in lower left corner, with numbered key (1-20) for the fortification (Explication des chifres pour la fortification). Lower right a view of Rabatto and the castle of Gozo (Veue du Rabato et chateau de Goze). The castle with the flag of the Order of Saint John.
Anonymous French manuscript, in pen and ink and wash colour on paper, no date, ca. 1768-1798). 500x730mm. The outline of the island looks similar to the map by Charles Amadeus de Berey of 1726 (Carte des isles de Malte du Goze et du Cuming avec la position des batteries et des redoutes faites pour la défense de la coste ). Names are in Italian and French, the scale is in French Toises (Echelle de cinq mille Toises and Deux lieues Communes de France).

This is a handsome manuscript map of the islands of Malta and Gozo with excellent detail of the towns, fortifications, roads and anchorages. After the devastating earthquake of 1693, a massive effort to rebuild and strengthen the existing coastal defenses by constructing new redoubts and entrenchments was started. The map shows these fortifications along with the cities, villages and roads on the islands. The coast northeast of Valetta has a comment "Retranchement nouveau comencée en 1760".

Next to Gozzo a text in a later hand, (translated) "Demégrini de Villebertin, Knight of Malta, Commander of Abbeville, Brigadier for France, Governor of Gozo from 1794 to June 12 1798, at the time of surrender of the islands of Malta and Gozo to the French".
Pierre Antoine Charles MESGRIGNY, Commander of the Order of Malta, Marquis de Mesgrigny-Villebertin. He was born on April 22, 1747 in Villebertin. He was the third son of Pierre-Francois de Mesgrigny. He left France together with Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé. The prince established himself at Coblenz in 1791, where he helped to organize and lead a large counter-revolutionary army of émigrés. Mesgriny was appointed to brigadier on 1 March 1791. In 1793 he was appointed governor of the island of Gozzo, until the occupation of the island by Napoleon on June 12, 1798.
On 9 June 1798, on his way to Egypt, Napoleon Bonaparte's fleet attacked Malta. It was immediately obvious that the Order's navy was no match for the mighty French force of 29,000 men. The order of St.John, headed by Ferdinand Von Hompesch, surrendered without resistance and Von Hompesch went into exile and 250 of the Knights scattered all over Europe, returning to France, Spain, Prussia, Bavaria, Italy and England. Lead by the Prince de Conde’, the Order od St.John established themselves in St. Petersburg, Russia under the royal protection of Tsar Paul I. Others joined their brother Knights and arranged separate royal protection, establishing their various groups as independently functioning chapters according to their geopolitical location and religious persuasion. That was the beginning of the other Branches of the Order that exist today.
Also Pierre-Francois de Mesgrigny left the island and after the turmoil of the Revolution, he returned to Troyes where he died in the beginning of the nineteenth century.

The ships and the castle are showing the flag of the Order of Saint John, therefore the map must be drawn before the capture of Malta by the French.
On 12 June, the 250 knights capitulated and departed their island state.

The Sovereign Military Order of St John, known to history as The Knights of Malta, originated in the crusades set up to free the areas associated with Christ's life from Moslem rule. This band of the cream of Europe's noble families, dedicated to fighting the opponents of Christendom with one hand and healing the sick with the other, had been based in Rhodes for over two hundred years before the Turks threw them out in 1522. For seven years, led by their Grand Master the French Phillippe de L'Isle-Adam, they roamed the courts of Europe looking for a home. Finally, in 1530, the Habsburg Charles V of Spain and Sicily gave them Malta as a base together with the fortress of Tripoli in North Africa. The Knights accepted to pay Charles his nominal rent of one falcon a year and their fleet weighed anchor in the harbours near Birgu in October 1530

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The map is offered together with 3 watercolours in pen and ink on paper and pasted on board with panoramic views of Malta. (345x510mm)

- Veue de la Cité Valette du côté du Grand Port.
With a numbered key 1-30 in bottom. Larger and smaller ships with the flag of the Order of St. John, and one French vessel with a rowboat with the French flag.

- Veue de Ricazoly du Bourg, et de L'Isle.
Larger and smaller ships with the flag of the Order of St. John. The Fort Ricasoli to the left.

- Veue du Fort Ricazoli et de la Cité Valette du côte du Gregal.
Three larger ships in the foreground one with the the Dutch flag and one of the Habsburg monarchy. The relation of Malta and the Habsburg monarchy dates back from 1530, when the Habsburg Charles V of Spain and Sicily gave the Knights Malta as a base together with the fortress of Tripoli in North Africa. The Knights accepted to pay Charles his nominal rent of one falcon a year! 
N° 15 is referring to the Jesuits College. It is interesting to note that the Jesuits were expelled from Malta and their property transferred by Papal Order in 1768.



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- Malta map collectors society.
- Heritage Malta
Acquired a unique collection of antique maps of Malta which was built over a period of 50 years by lawyer and historian Dr Albert Ganado. The acquisition was made following an agreement signed today between Dr Ganado and the ggovernment. By means of this agreement the map collection was passed to the ggovernment in return for the house, which was public property, where Dr Ganado lives. The acquisition of the priceless collection was approved by Parliament during a sitting held on July 14th.
The maps will be kept in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta. They will not be put on permanent display but will be exhibited during specific exhibitions.
The map collection which is to be known as "The Albert Ganado Map Collection" is the largest and most complete collection of antique maps of Malta in the world. The manuscript maps are unique and many of the maps are very rare and are not found on the market. The Ganado collection is probably the only one that shows the development of certain representations of the Maltese islands such as the Great Siege of 1565 and the plans of Valletta.
These Great Siege maps are of great importance as some of them were printed whilst the siege was in progress to disseminate the news in Europe particularly in Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands,? Heritage Malta said.
The collection consists of 19 manuscript maps, and 431 printed maps made between 1507 and 1899. Many of the maps were made before 1570 when Abraham Ortelius published the first standard Atlas. Most of these maps were printed as single sheets and only a few of them are left. Some are found only in the Ganado collection

- Valletta: Città Nuova: A map history (1566-1600). Written by Dr. Albert Ganado.
The foremost authorities on Maltese cartography are Dr. Albert Ganado and Maurice Aguis-Vadala (1917-1997). Amongst their numerous publications one finds the Pre-Siege Maps of Malta (1986) and A study in depth of 143 Maps representing the Great Siege (1995). In April 2003 Dr. Ganado published Valletta: Città Nuova: A map history (1566-1600), where he describes in great detail ninety-two maps, a good number of which that were practically unknown.

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NELLI, N., IL PORTO DI MALTA., antique map, old maps
NELLI, N.
IL PORTO DI MALTA.

LAFRERI,  Ultimo disegno delli forti di Malta uenuto novamente. . . Ant. Lafrerj Romae formis 1565 de Mese Augusti., antique map, old maps
LAFRERI
Ultimo disegno delli forti di Malta uenuto novamente. . . Ant. Lafrerj Romae formis 1565 de Mese Augusti.

FORLANI,P., DISEGNO VERO DELLA NVOVA CITTA DI MALTA., antique map, old maps
FORLANI,P.
DISEGNO VERO DELLA NVOVA CITTA DI MALTA.

PORCACCHI,Th., Malta., antique map, old maps
PORCACCHI,Th.
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ORTELIUS,A. / GALLE,F., Malta olim Melita Insula., antique map, old maps
ORTELIUS,A. / GALLE,F.
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MÜNSTER, S., Melita., antique map, old maps
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MÜNSTER, S., Melita., antique map, old maps
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Melita.

ORTELIUS,A./COIGNET.M., Malta olim Melita., antique map, old maps
ORTELIUS,A./COIGNET.M.
Malta olim Melita.

DE CLERCK, N.,  Malta., antique map, old maps
DE CLERCK, N.
Malta.

RAIGNIAULD, H.,  Valletta citta nova dimalta., antique map, old maps
RAIGNIAULD, H.
Valletta citta nova dimalta.

RAIGNIAULD,H.,  Valletta citta nova dimalta., antique map, old maps
RAIGNIAULD,H.
Valletta citta nova dimalta.

MEISNER, D.,  Malta maris medit.inf., antique map, old maps
MEISNER, D.
Malta maris medit.inf.

BOISSEAU, J., Nouvelle Description de l'Isle de Malte jadis Melita, et des Isles de Comin et Cominot, avec l'Isle et Principauté de Goze.., antique map, old maps
BOISSEAU, J.
Nouvelle Description de l'Isle de Malte jadis Melita, et des Isles de Comin et Cominot, avec l'Isle et Principauté de Goze..

ANONYMOUS, Malta., antique map, old maps
ANONYMOUS
Malta.

CADORIN, M.,  [Untitled] Malta., antique map, old maps
CADORIN, M.
[Untitled] Malta.
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BUCELINI, G., [ Malta ], antique map, old maps
BUCELINI, G.
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VISSCHER, Nicolas, Insularum Melitae vulgo Maltae et Gozae Novissima Delineatio per Nicolaum Visscher, antique map, old maps
VISSCHER, Nicolas
Insularum Melitae vulgo Maltae et Gozae Novissima Delineatio per Nicolaum Visscher

DU VAL, P., Isle de Malthe., antique map, old maps
DU VAL, P.
Isle de Malthe.

DUVAL,P., Maltha., antique map, old maps
DUVAL,P.
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DAPPER,O.,  Valetta Civitas Nova Maltae olim Millitae., antique map, old maps
DAPPER,O.
Valetta Civitas Nova Maltae olim Millitae.

MORDEN, R.,  Maltha by Rob. Morden., antique map, old maps
MORDEN, R.
Maltha by Rob. Morden.

DE WIT,F., Insula Malta accuratissime Delineata, Urbibus, et Fortalitis.., antique map, old maps
DE WIT,F.
Insula Malta accuratissime Delineata, Urbibus, et Fortalitis..

MALLET,A.M., Isle de Malthe., antique map, old maps
MALLET,A.M.
Isle de Malthe.

MALLET,A.M., Isle de Malthe., antique map, old maps
MALLET,A.M.
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MALLET,A.M., Malte., antique map, old maps
MALLET,A.M.
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Val, P. du., Isle de Malthe / Royaume de Tunis. A Paris, Chez l'Auteur., antique map, old maps
Val, P. du.
Isle de Malthe / Royaume de Tunis. A Paris, Chez l'Auteur.

VISSCHER, N.,  Insularum Melitae vulgo Maltae et Gozae. . ., antique map, old maps
VISSCHER, N.
Insularum Melitae vulgo Maltae et Gozae. . .

PEETERS, J. / VOSTERMANS II, L.,  Malta., antique map, old maps
PEETERS, J. / VOSTERMANS II, L.
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PEETERS, J. / VOSTERMANS II, L.,  Malta., antique map, old maps
PEETERS, J. / VOSTERMANS II, L.
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PEETERS, J. / VOSTERMANS II, L.,  La Citta di Malta., antique map, old maps
PEETERS, J. / VOSTERMANS II, L.
La Citta di Malta.

CORONELLI,V.M., Porto de Mesina I. Malta., antique map, old maps
CORONELLI,V.M.
Porto de Mesina I. Malta.

AVELINE, P.A.,  La Nouvelle Ville de Malte nommée Valette, capitale de l'isle de Malte. . ., antique map, old maps
AVELINE, P.A.
La Nouvelle Ville de Malte nommée Valette, capitale de l'isle de Malte. . .

BLAEU, Joan / MORTIER, P., Valleta ou Valet Ville Forte de l'Isle De Malta, antique map, old maps
BLAEU, Joan / MORTIER, P.
Valleta ou Valet Ville Forte de l'Isle De Malta

SANSON,N., De Eilanden van Malta, Gozo, enz., antique map, old maps
SANSON,N.
De Eilanden van Malta, Gozo, enz.

BLAEU, Joan / MORTIER, P., Valleta ou Valet Ville Forte de l''Isle De Malta, antique map, old maps
BLAEU, Joan / MORTIER, P.
Valleta ou Valet Ville Forte de l''Isle De Malta

BLAEU, J. / MORTIER, P.,  Valletta ou Valete ville Forte, de l'Isle de Malta., antique map, old maps
BLAEU, J. / MORTIER, P.
Valletta ou Valete ville Forte, de l'Isle de Malta.
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VAN DER AA, P.,  Valetta Civitas Nova Maltae olim Millitae., antique map, old maps
VAN DER AA, P.
Valetta Civitas Nova Maltae olim Millitae.
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DE FER, N. / DANET,  Plan de la ville de Malthe ses Forts, ses Nouvelles Fortiffications. . ., antique map, old maps
DE FER, N. / DANET
Plan de la ville de Malthe ses Forts, ses Nouvelles Fortiffications. . .
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AA.P.v.d., L'ile de Malte, anciennement Melita.., antique map, old maps
AA.P.v.d.
L'ile de Malte, anciennement Melita..

AA.P.v.d., Typus insularum Melitae.., antique map, old maps
AA.P.v.d.
Typus insularum Melitae..

MORTIER,P., Valletta ou Valete Ville Forte, de l'Isle de Malta., antique map, old maps
MORTIER,P.
Valletta ou Valete Ville Forte, de l'Isle de Malta.

VAUGONDY, R. de,  Carte des Isles de Malte et de Goze., antique map, old maps
VAUGONDY, R. de
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CHEREAU, J. / AVELINE, P.A., Les Villes forts et châteaux de Malte capitale de l'isle de ce nom. Dessignée sur le lieu par un Ingr du roy., antique map, old maps
CHEREAU, J. / AVELINE, P.A.
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KILIAN,G.C., Plan Alt und Neuer Fortificatizon von Malta gelegen auf der Insul gleiches Namens. [Valletta], antique map, old maps
KILIAN,G.C.
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KILIAN,G.C., Malta ad Vallette., antique map, old maps
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LATTRÉ,  Plan general de la Ville capitale de Malta.., antique map, old maps
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SEUTTER,M., Melite vulgo Malta cum vicinis Goza.., antique map, old maps
SEUTTER,M.
Melite vulgo Malta cum vicinis Goza..

BOVA, A.,  Pianta Geografia delle Isole di Malta, e Gozo della Sagra Religione Gerosolimitana di S. Giovanni delineata, ed incisa in quest anno 1761., antique map, old maps
BOVA, A.
Pianta Geografia delle Isole di Malta, e Gozo della Sagra Religione Gerosolimitana di S. Giovanni delineata, ed incisa in quest anno 1761.
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BASSET,  VUE DE MALTE. [View of Malta -Valetta]., antique map, old maps
BASSET
VUE DE MALTE. [View of Malta -Valetta].

BASSET.,  Vue de Malte., antique map, old maps
BASSET.
Vue de Malte.
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CHEREAU, J.,  Vue de la Prise de l'Isle de Malthe., antique map, old maps
CHEREAU, J.
Vue de la Prise de l'Isle de Malthe.

GOTTFRIED BAUMANN & CO.,  Erfolgte Kapitulation zwischen dem General Bonaparte und den Gross Leister von Malta. Vor der Hauptstadt Walette zu Maltha, am 10 Juni 1798., antique map, old maps
GOTTFRIED BAUMANN & CO.
Erfolgte Kapitulation zwischen dem General Bonaparte und den Gross Leister von Malta. Vor der Hauptstadt Walette zu Maltha, am 10 Juni 1798.

LONGMAN & REES, Elba, Malta, Alexandria., antique map, old maps
LONGMAN & REES
Elba, Malta, Alexandria.

GOSSELIN, P.F.J., Vue à vol d'oiseau de la ville & du Port de Malte.., antique map, old maps
GOSSELIN, P.F.J.
Vue à vol d'oiseau de la ville & du Port de Malte..

ANONYMOUS, Valletta and its environs., antique map, old maps
ANONYMOUS
Valletta and its environs.

TALLIS, J.,  British possessions in the Mediterranean., antique map, old maps
TALLIS, J.
British possessions in the Mediterranean.
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DUVOTENAY, Thunot, Malte., antique map, old maps
DUVOTENAY, Thunot
Malte.

FURNE,  Malte., antique map, old maps
FURNE
Malte.

MAINA, G. / STANGHI, V. / POZZI.,  Gruppo delle Isole di Malta., antique map, old maps
MAINA, G. / STANGHI, V. / POZZI.
Gruppo delle Isole di Malta.

ANONYMOUS,  Malta., antique map, old maps
ANONYMOUS
Malta.
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