Rare plan of Valetta detailing her impressive fortifications
By COLLIGNON, F[rancesco], 1660
Esplicatione della Pianta delle Fortification di Malta.
- Author: COLLIGNON, F[rancesco]
- Publication place: Rome
- Publication date: c.1667
- Physical description: Engraved plan, explanation to plan upper right, dedication upper left, key lower left and profiles of defence works, lower right, a few worm holes skilfully repaired, evenly age-toned.
- Dimensions: 485 by 690mm (19 by 27.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1924
The plan is dedicated to Cardinal Sigismondo Chigi (1649–1678) who was a Knight of the Sovereign Order of Malta, and who was made Cardinal in 1667 at the tender age of eighteen.
Rare we are only able to trace two examples of the present plan, in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and the Portuguese National Library.