Malta literature (+ some links)

>> From Niels and soon to be available on archimedes…jedidiah.

Audieu, ye joys of La Valette!

Adieu, sirocco, sun, and sweat!

..…Adieu, ye cursed streets of stairs!

(How surely he who mounts you swears!)…

Byron: Farewell to Malta (26th May, 1811)



The list below contain:

– List of available Malta Literature

– Comprehensive list of literature on Maltese art and architecture

– List of on-line articles

List of Malta links

List of available Malta Literature:

(all book titles (soon) available at Dept.2)


Thomas Pynchon: ”V”


Blue Guide – Malta & Gozo

L’archittetura a Malta (some articles in English, some in French or Italian)

Malta Views (exhibition catalogue)

Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta; Jon P. Mitchell

Caravaggio and Painters of Realism in Malta; Cynthia De Giorgio (Author, Editor), Keith Sciberras (Editor)

Maltes Islands guide

Historical Dictionary of Malta – Warren G. Berg

The Building of Malta 1530 – 1795; Quentin Hughes

Malta Sotterranea: Studies of its Early Christian and Jewish Sepulchural Art; Erich Becker, Katrin Fenech (Editor) Publisher: Midsea Books

Fortress Arch. By Q. Hughes

Huse på Malta; Lisbet Snoager Sloth

Comprehensive list of literature on Maltese art and architecture:

– titles not available at Dept. 2.

BLAGG, T.F.C., A. Bonanno, and A.T. Luttrell. Excavations at Hal Millieri, Malta. A Report on the 1977 Campaign Conducted on Behalf of the National Museum of Malta and The University of Malta. Msida: Malta University Press, 1990.

BLOUET, Brian W. “Town Planning in Malta 1530-1798”. In: The Town Planning Review, Vol. 35, No. 3 (1964), pp. 188-194.

BLOUET, Brian W. Valletta: A History of the City. Malta 1969.

BOFFA, Charles J. Malta’s Grand Harbour and Its Environs in War and Peace.

BONELLO, Giovanni. Art in Malta – Discoveries and Recoveries. Malta 1999.

BONELLO, Giovanni. “The Old Auberge de Castille (1573)”. In: The Sunday Times, October 11, 1992. p. 45.

BONELLO, Giovanni. “The Vanished Piazzas and Other Notes on Valletta”. In: The Sunday Times, March 13, 1994. p. 40.

BONELLO, Giovanni. “Notes on Lost Valletta”. In: The Sunday Times, March 20, 1994. p. 32.

BONELLO, Vincenzo. “Old Valletta”. In: Bulletin of the Museum, Vol. 1, No.. 4 (1934), p. 159-164.

BORG, Malcolm. British colonial architecture: Malta (1800-1900). 2001

BRADFORD, Ernle. Der Schild Europas. Der Kampf der Malteserritter gegen die Türken. Munich 1979.

BRADFORD, Ernle. Kreuz und Schwert. Der Johanniter Malteser-Ritterorden. Munich 1983.

BRAUN, Hugh. An Introduction to Maltese Architecture. Malta 1957.

BRAUN, Hugh. Works of Art in Malta, Losses and Survivals in the War. London 1946.

BUGEJA, Lino, Mario Buhagiar, and Stanley Fiorini (eds.). Birgu: A Maltese Maritime City. 2 vols. Malta 1993.

BUHAGIAR, Mario. “Medieval Cave-Dwellings and Rock-Cut Churches in Malta.” ATRIUM (Malta) no. 3. pp. 17-22.

BUHAGIAR, Mario. “Medieval Churches in Malta”. In: Anthony T. Luttrell (Ed.). Medieval Malta. Studies on Malta Before the Knights. London 1975.
pp. 163-180.

BUHAGIAR, Mario. St. Catherine of Alexandria: Her Churches, Paintings and Statues in the Maltese Islands. Malta 1979.

BUHAGIAR, Mario. “Medieval Malta: Its Hypogea, Cave Churches and Ecclesiastical Buildings”. In: Patrick Calleja (Ed.). Architecture in Malta, Vol. 1:
Historical Aspects. Malta 1986. pp. 39-49.

BUHAGIAR, Mario. “Decoration and Architecture”. In: Patrick Calleja (Ed.). Architecture in Malta, Vol. 2: Evolution of a Culture. Malta 1986. pp.

BUHAGIAR, Mario. The Iconography of the Maltese Islands 1400-1900: Painting. Malta 1987.

BUHAGIAR, Mario and Stanley Fiorini. Mdina: the cathedral city of Malta – a reassessment of its history and a critical appreciation of its architecture and works of art, volume 2
( 99909-975-2-7 )

BUHAGIAR, Mario. The late medieval art and architecture of the Maltese Islands
( 99932-10-35-8)

BUHAGIAR, Mario and Stanley Fiorini (Hrsg.). Mdina: The Cathedral City of Malta: A Reassessment of its History and a Critical Appreciation of its Architecture and Works of Art. 2 Vols. Malta 1996.

BUHAGIAR, Mario. Essays on the Knights and art and architecture in Malta 1500 – 1798
( 978-99932-7-246-5 )

CASSAR, Joseph Paul (Ed.). Art in Malta Today. Malta 2000.

CALLEJA, Patrick(ed.). Architecture in Malta; I : historical aspects. 1986

CANON, John Ciarlo. The Hidden Gem: St. Paul’s Shipwreck Collegiate Church – Valletta, Malta.

CILIA, Daniel and Michael Ellul. Legacy in stone: the architecture of the Knights of St John in Malta. 1991

DARMANIN DEMAJO, Giovanni. Archivio Storico di Malta. 4 Vols. Malta 1927.

DE GIORGIO, Roger. A City by an Order. Malta 1985.

DE GIORGIO, Roger. “The Building of Valletta”. In: Patrick Calleja (Ed.). Architecture in Malta. Vol. 1: Historical Aspects. Malta 1986. pp. 34-38.

DE LUCCA, Denis. Mdina: a history of its urban space and architecture. ( 99909-43-15-X ) 1995

DE LUCCA, Denis. Carapecchia: master of baroque architecture in early eighteenth century Malta. ( 99909-93-00-9 ) 1999

DE PIRO, Nicholas. The Auberge d’Aragon. ( 99909-43-10-9 ) 1993

DE PIRO, Nicholas and Daniel Cilia, Joseph Scerri. Valletta. A City Built by Gentlemen for Gentlemen.

DE PIRO, Nicholas. Costume in Malta: A History of Fabric, Form and Function.

EADIE, Peter M. Blue Guide – Malta & Gozo.

ELLUL, Michael. The Valletta Holy Infirmary. [unpublished master’s thesis, University of  Rome] 1967.

ELLUL, Michael. Heritage of an Island : Malta. Malta Dept.of Information, 1975

ELLUL, Michael. Maltese-English dictionary of architecture and building in Malta: with biographical notes on Maltese and foreign architects who worked in Malta.
( 978-99932-7-292-2 ) 2009

FIORINI, Stanley, and Victor Mallia-Milanes (eds.). Malta. A Case in International Cross-Currents. Proceedings of the First Interntional Colloquium on the History of the Central Mediterranean held at the University of Malta, 13-17 December 1989. Msida: University of Malta, 1991.

FLEMING, John. “Malta: Naval Base of the Baroque”. In: The Architectural Review, Vol. 100 (1946), pp. 22-25.

FLOWER, Arthur J. “Notes on Renaissance Architecture in Malta”. In: R.I.B.A. Third series Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (1897), pp. 25-48.

FONDAZZJONI PATRIMONJU MALTI. Treasures of Malta. Various Volumes, published three times a year.

HARRISON and Hubbard. Valletta and the three Cities.

HOPPEN, Alison. The Fortification of Malta by the Order of St. John 1530-1798. Edinburgh 1979.

HUGHES, Quentin. “The Influence of Italian Mannerism upon Maltese Architecture”. In: Melita Historica – Journal of the ‘Malta Historical Society’, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1953), pp. 104-110.

HUGHES, Quentin. The Building of Malta 1530-1795. London 1956.

HUGHES, Quentin. “The Genesis of St. John’s, Valletta and a New Interpretation of Bramante’s Design for St. Peter’s, Rome.” In: Melita Historica – Journal of the ‘Malta Historical Society’, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1956), pp. 5-13.

HUGHES, Quentin. Fortress: Architecture and Military History. London 1969.

HUGHES, Quentin. “City of the Knights”. In: The Architectural Review, Vol. 166 (1969), pp. 69-74.

HUGHES, Quentin. “The Planned City of Valletta”. In: L’Architettura a Malta dalla Preistorica all’ Ottocento. Rome 1970. pp. 305-333.

HUGHES, Quentin. “Documents on the Buildings of Valletta.” In: Melita Historica – Journal of the ‘Malta Historical Society’, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1977), pp.

HUGHES, Quentin. “St. John’s Co-Cathedral in the Capital City of the Knights.” In: The Sunday Times,  July 9, 1978. pp. I, IV-V.

HUGHES, Quentin. “The Architectural Development of Hospitaller Malta.” In: Victor Mallia-Milanes (Ed.). Hospitaller Malta 1530-1798. Studies on Early Modern Malta and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Malta 1993. pp. 483-507.

HUGHES, Quentin [et al.]. Malta: the baroque island.  ( 99932-39-39-9 ) 2003

JONES, H. D. “Memoranda and details of the mode of building houses in Malta” (article), Dublin 1840.

KILIN. A Hundred Wayside Chapels of Malta & Gozo. Malta 2000.

LUTTRELL, Anthony T. (ed.). Medieval Malta. Studies on Malta Before the Knights. The British School at Rome. London 1975.

LUTTRELL, Anthony T. (ed.). Hal Millieri: A Maltese Casale, its Churches and Paintings. Malta 1976.

MAHONEY, Leonard. “St. John’s Conventual Church”. In: Patrick Calleja (Ed). Architecture in Malta. Vol. 1: Historical Aspects. Malta 1986. pp. 50-59.

MAHONEY, Leonard. A History of Maltese Architecture from Ancient Times up to 1800. Malta 1988.

MAHONEY, Leonard. 5000 Years of Architecture in Malta. Malta 1996.

MALLIA, Francis S. and Michael Ellul. “Valletta”. In: Ágnes Ságvári (Hrsg.). The Capitals of Europe / Les Capitales de L’Europe. Munich, New York, London, Paris 1980. pp. 303-305.

MANGION, Giovanni. “Girolamo Cassar architetto maltese del cinquecento”. In: Melita Historica – Journal of the ‘Malta Historical Society’, Vol. 6, No. 2 (1973), pp. 192-200.

MESSINA, Aldo. “Trogloditismo Medievale A Malta”. In: Melita Historica, Vol. 10, No. 2 (1989). pp. 109-120.

MICELI-FARRUGIA, Alberto and Petra Bianchi (eds.). Modernist Malta: the architectural legacy. ( 978-99932-0-692-7 ) 2009

MIELKE, Friedrich. “Treppen auf Malta”. In: Friedrich Mielke (Ed.). Scalalogia – Schriften zur internationalen Treppenforschung. Vol. 4. Collectaneen 3. Allersberg 1992. pp. 108-148.

PROMIS, Carlo. “Biografie di ingegneri militari italiani dal secolo XIV alla metà del XVIII”. In: Miscellanea di Storia Italiana 14. Turin 1874. pp. 715-717.

SAID-ZAMMIT, George A. The architectural heritage of the Maltese islands.
( 978-99932-607-3-8 )

SAMMUT, Edward. “The City of Palaces and the Work of Girolamo Cassar”. In: The Times, Special Valletta Centenary Number, March 28, 1966. pp.

SCICLUNA, Hannibal P. The Church of St. John in Valletta. Its History, Architecture and Monuments. Rome 1955.

SPITERI, Stephen C. Fortresses of the Knights.   ( 99909-72-06-0 ) 2001

STEPHENSON, Charles. The Fortifications of Malta 1530-1945.

ST. JAMES CAVALIER CENTRE FOR CREATIVITY. Pasmore – Victor, Wendy, John. Malta 2001.

THAKE, Conrad and Brent Hall. “Valletta – City Profile”. In: Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning (May 1992) pp. 91-102.

THAKE, Conrad. Baroque Churches in Malta. Malta 1995.

THAKE, Conrad and Quentin Hughes. Malta war and peace: an architectural chronicale 1800-2000.    ( 99932-7-055-5 ) 2005

TONNA, Joseph A. “Valletta – An Amalgam of Four Centuries”. In: The Sunday Times, March 27, 1966. p. 9.

TONNA, Joseph A. “The Evolution of Palace Architecture: Valetta and Mdina”. In: L’ Architettura a Malta dalla Preistorica all’ Ottocento. Rome 1970. pp. 400-412.

TONNA, Joseph A. “Architectural and Urbanistic tradition in Malta”. In: Collected Papers. University of Malta, Malta, 1992.

TRUMP, David H. Malta: Prehistory and Temples.

WALDSTEIN-WARTENBERG, Berthold. Die Vasallen Christi: Kulturgeschichte des Johanniterordens im Mittelalter. Wien, Köln und Graz 1988.

WARD PERKINS, John. “Medieval and Early Renaissance Architecture in Malta”. In: Anthony T. Luttrell (Ed.). Medieval Malta. Studies on Malta Before the Knights. London 1975. pp. 217-223.

WIENAND, Adam (Ed.). Der Johanniterorden, der Malteserorden. Der ritterliche Orden des Hl. Johannes vom Spital zu Jerusalem. Seine Geschichte, seine Aufgaben. 3., überarbeitete Aufl. Köln 1988.

WILKINSON, R.J.L. The Auberge de Provence and the Malta Union Club. Malta 1948.

ZAMMIT, Andre. Our architects: their lives and times – a private archive unveiled from the times of the Order of St John. ( 978-99909-0-509-0 ) 2009

ZAMMIT, T. Valletta – A Historical Sketch. Malta 1929.

ZAMMIT, Themistocles. The prehistoric temples of Malta and Gozo. 1995

List of on-line articles:

Articles on the ‘cart ruts’ of Malta:

…and two more on cart ruts:

Article: Elise Billiard: ‘When Tradition Becomes Trendy: Social distinction in Maltese Food

Culture’, which delves into the historical and social aspects of the

Maltese Food Culture.:

Article: PAUL SANT CASSIA (University of Durham):

Exoticizing Discoveries and Extraordinary Experiences:

– Traditional’ music, modernity, and nostalgia in Malta and other Mediterranean societies:

Article: ‘Genius spotted in Strait Street – locals love him’, by Ranier Fsadni

More articles from the same site…
Article: A Brief History of Food in Malta

List of Malta links:

MEPA – Malta Environment & Planning Authority:

MEPA – Map Server

Grand Harbour Local Plan:

Calendar / Events

Malta news:

The Malta Independent Online

Times of Malta

Malta Today


…a few strange Malta sources found in the Internet Archive at:

A brief history of the voyage of Katharine Evans and Sarah Cheevers, to the island of Malta:

To which is added, a short relation from George Robinson, of the sufferings which befel him in his journey to Jerusalem. 1715:


The ritual of the commandery, containing the work, lectures and monitorial of the Orders of Red Cross, Knight Templar and Knight of Malta: NY. 1878:


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