Copyright © The Malta Historical Society, 2005.

Source: Melita Historica : Journal of the Malta Historical Society. 1(1952)1(52-53)

Description of the Island of Malta, a brief treatise on knightly behaviour written by the noble knight Camillo Spreti in the year 1764, translated from the Italian, introduced and annotated by Averil Mackenzie-Grieve. Library Committee, Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (St. John’s Gate), in the series “Historical pamphlets” no. 10.

Camillo Spreti was admitted into the Order of Malta as a minor knight of justice in 1748, and in October 1748 he came to Malta where he spent two years making his caravans (cruises) with the Order’s fleet. During his two not very happy years here, shortly after completing his Description, he returned to Ravenna. where he lived until his death.

[p.53] The excellent translation and the copious annotations render this booklet a very useful and welcome addition to Melitensia.