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Source: Melita Historica. [Published by the Malta Historical Society]. 3(1960)1(80)

[p.80] GALEA, Joseph, The French Occupation of Malta: a study in bibliography. Geneve, Librairie Droz. 1959. 30 p. (Cahier de Compesieres No. 2).

This list of 144 items useful for the study "of the last phase of the Order of St. John, the French Occupation of Malta, and the cession of the Maltese Islands to Great Britain" fills a long-felt need and provides an important bibliographical tool.

The author had already given a list of publications on the French Occupation of Malta, scattered through the pages of his Il-Hakma Franciza f'Malta (1948). The present list, however, is more comprehensive in scope and contains far more entries than the original one. All publications mentioned in Il-Hakma Francisa f'Malta are included here, with the exception of the anonymous Lettre de M. Le Commandeur de T. à M. Député à l'Assemblé Nationale sur l'Ordre de Malte, s.l., 1790.

Ten of the items included in Galea's bibliography were listed in 1805 in Boisgelin's Supplement to the Catalogue of works written on Malta under the heading Pamphlets published on Malta during the Assembly of " Les États Généraux ". ("Ancient and Modern Malta," London, Vol. 1, pp. xlii-xlviii). A reference to Boisgelin's pioneer effort in the same field would not have been out of place in this bibliography.

The list is carefully drawn up in accordance with the rules of bibliography. Students of Maltese History should feel grateful to Mr. Galea, who has produced a really valuable instrument of research.

J.[oseph] C.[assar] P.[ullicino]