Custos Divitiarum: Festschrift in Honour of Joseph Schirò



This publication tries to capture diverse facets from the sectors which Schirò touched within the culture sector in Malta and abroad.

Custos Divitiarum: Festschrift in Honour of Joseph Schirò, edited by Charles J. Farrugia, is a fitting tribute to Joseph’s legacy and includes over 30 papers in more than 600 pages.

Curator, conservator and restorer of manuscripts and old books, Joseph Schirò is known for his scrupulous attention to detail and skill in restoration, as well as for his culture and knowledge of Maltese history and historiography. His expertise in restoration is universally acknowledged and his opinion is sought by the Government and by the Court. His technical expertise is further supplemented by his knowledge of the most important languages for the purpose.

Contents include:

UGO MIFSUD BONNICI – Custos Divitiarum

MARYANNE SCHIRO – My Husband Joseph

CHARLES J. FARRUGIA – Editorial Reflections

Epistulae Gratulatoriae

PASCAL BRUN – Important moments..

DAVID RODERICK LYON – Appropriate Latin Saying: Res Non Verba (Deeds Not Words),

Tabula Gratulatoria

JOAN ABELA – The Greek Christian captives and renegades of Lepanto and Patras 1603

GIOVANNI BONELLO – Mischievous Books in the Times of the Order: Dealing with heresy, obscenity, sedition, defamation, disinformation and crimes of opinion

MARIO BUHAGIAR – The Virgin of Damascus in the Greek Catholic Church, Valletta. The Shared Veneration of a Miracle-Working Icon

MAROMA CAMILLERI – Hannibal Scicluna’s Vision for a Laboratory for “The Repair and Preservation of Old Manuscripts:” the Visit to the Vatican Laboratories in 1928

SANDRO DEBONO – Sites of Memory as Museums: The Case of Auberge d’Italie in Valletta

NICHOLAS DE PIRO – On the Edge but not Peripheral. A point of view of Maltese taste and identity

ANTONIO ESPINOSA RODRIGUEZ – A Marble Statue of Hercules in Malta

ALBERT GANADO – The rare set of views of Windsor Castle executed in 1827/1828 by the Maltese lithographer William Gauci

LIAM GAUCI – Captain Pietro Lamberti: tattered papers, a final journey and a broken engagement

JAMES LICARI – An enlightened lineage: Schirò predecessors – Successor in salvaging cultural heritage (The Greek Catholic Church of Our lady of Damascus, Valletta)

JOE MAGRI CONTI -Eighteenth century descriptions of Roman baths in the Marsa Area

MARTINA CARUANA – The Illuminated Book of Hours: A case study of the Pigouchet/Vostre incunabulum at the National Library of Malta

JEREMY DEBONO – The Incunabula Collection of the National Library of Malta

JEANINE RIZZO – The Benevento Missal.

THERESA VELLA – A Jewel of a Book: Caoursin’s Account of the 1480 Siege of Rhodes in the National Library of Malta

WILLIAM ZAMMIT – Luigi de Sanctis and Giuseppe Nicola Corvaja. The Publishing Activity of two Radical Risorgimento Exponents in Malta

CLAIRE BONAVIA – The Mahdist Flag and Count Sir Edgar Bernard

CHANELLE BRIFFA & LISA CAMILLERI – The conservation of a nineteenth century choral book

SIMON PATRICK DIMECH – Work in Progress: The Tenth Anniversary from the inauguration of the Conservation Laboratory, National Archives of Malta

MICHAEL FORMOSA – On eighteenth and nineteenth century Sacristy Furniture in the Maltese Islands: materials, techniques and preservation

LINDSAY GALEA – Heritage Malta’s Fototeka – Preserving our Photographic Heritage for future generations

VALENTINA LUPO & MARIA GRAZIA ZENZANI – The Scientific Analysis and Conservation of the Crowned Statue of Maria Bambina found at the Collegiate Basilica dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Senglea

ANTHONY SPAGNOL – An overview of a good working Influencer

THERESA ZAMMIT LUPI – A Thirteenth Century Fragment of a Missal

RITIANNE GAUCI & JOHN SCHEMBRI – The changing face of port geography through cartography: a case-study of Mgarr Harbour (Gozo.)

EVA NOVOTNA – IL PORTO DI MALTA, map by Nicolò Nelli from 1565.431

BERNADINE SCICLUNA – Mapping the States of a Siege

WILLIAM SOLER – Military Architecture and the Cartographic Representation of Malta’s Fortifications 1500-1800

Additional information

Weight 1100 g
Dimensions 23.8 × 16.1 cm
Language English
Year of publication
Pages 606
ISBN 9789993279884

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