Country Villas in XVIII Century Malta reviews an interesting niche subject in the history of the architecture of the Maltese Islands, that of the construction of suburban villas for the leisured classes in the eighteenth century. This new study will contribute invaluable insights to this particular area of research and will add to the existing knowledge.

The trend of building villas outside city walls in Malta was established by the Knights of St John. The leisured classes on the island followed suit. The publication focuses on three particular estates. The architecture of each of the three country villas – Villa Preziosi, Villa Bologna and Villa Gourgion – is discussed in a dedicated chapter which also considers related issues of patronage, contemporary building techniques as well as the financing of the maintenance of the estates. Several architectural drawings made by the author are included within the text and supplement the numerous black and white photographs purposely commissioned for this publication.

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