Rare plan of Valetta detailing her impressive fortifications
By COLLIGNON, F[rancesco] , 1660

Esplicatione della Pianta delle Fortification di Malta.

Europe Mediterranean
  • 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


Detailed plan of Malta and her fortifications.

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.


  1. Portuguese National Library C.C. 474 A
  2. BNF FRBNF40667568.