A scarce 1761 map of Malta and Gozo by the Italian engraver Antonio Bova. Oriented to the southwest, this map covers all of Malta and Gozo as well as the interstitial island of Comino. Engraved in Palermo, Italy, Bova's map offers a highly decorative presentation with multiple sailing ships and elaborate armorial decorations in the cartouche work. A textual description of the islands are presented at the bottom of the map. Malta was the home of the Order of St John, or Knights Hospitaller, a crusading militant order that flourished in the middle ages until the 19th century. The order still exists and is today dedicated to humanitarian interests.
Antonio Bova (1688 - 1775), who was active as a priest and engraver in Palermo c. 1727-1773. He produced cartographic engravings, scenery, portraits and holy iconography. His devotional prints are usually signed only by his surname.
Average. Backed on archiva tissued to repair closed tears. Some soiling.