This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. An original copy, even imperfect may fetch around €1,500. This is one of the earliest books on antiquities of the Maltese islands: a pioneering critical study of archaeological research carried out in Malta, originally published in 1816. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, and promoting Malta’s unique heritage in books.
Mons. Onorato Bros is regarded as one of the most erudite ecclesiastics of his time. He was a keen enthusiast of Maltese antiquities and member of various literary and historical societies in Italy. Born in Malta in 1758, he studied at the Bishop’s Seminary and later proceeded to Rome and on graduating from Ethe Prelatura Romana he was appointed Votante della Segnatura di Giustizia. In 1809 he fell ill with tubercolosis and was advised to rest. Consequently, he returned to Malta where he dedicated his time for a more cultural purpose. In fact, during his daily walks in the countryside he often paid visits to megalitic sites. Here he deepened his research on prehistory and furthered his knowledge of Maltese antiquities, which he published in a book called Malta Antica Illustrata co’ Monumenti e coll’Istoria. He died on 12 November 1818.