For the past 15 years, maltaonlinebookshop.com has become the first Malta’s premier Virtual Bookshop specializing and promoting Maltese publications.
It is managed and administered by Mr Patrick Anastasi, a manager at one of the main banks in Malta for the past 33 years. He became a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 1990. For several years he has held a very close contact with the main book suppliers in Malta and has even produced his own publication Discover Road Map way-back in 1995.
The aim of this web page is to educate through increasing awareness of all the Maltese publications. This is achieved through regular communication with its subscribed members.
Patrick Anastasi A.C.I.B – Site Administrator.
Rare & Antique Melitensia
For the past two years, we have diversified our operations too by included rare and antique melitensia.
Gradually we have managed to build up a very solid and varied stock of sought after publications, be it 18th, 19th and 20th century publications. We leave no stone unturned to acquire books of the highest standards and at the best prices.
This is not an ordinary market, totally different from what we were accustomed to at maltaonlinebookshop.com . In this respect we are glad to have taken on board Dr Robert Thake, as our rare and antique book consultant.
Dr Robert Thake read law at the University of Malta, graduating Doctor of Laws in 2013, and is currently working at Thake Desira Advocates in Valletta. Although a lawyer by profession, Robert has always been fascinated by books and their history. Over the years he has conducted research in connection with book history in libraries and archives in Malta, France, Italy, and England and has published a number of papers on the subject in local journals. Robert is also the author of ‘Patriotism, Deception and Censorship: De Soldanis and the 1751 account of the uprising of the slaves’.
In order to keep abreast with developments occurring on an international level, Robert regularly travels to foreign book fairs. In so doing, he has built a network of contacts overseas with who he discusses issues such as the presence of Melitensia within the international literary marketplace, trends in pricing, and the availability of particular books. Robert is also a member of a number of historical organizations in Malta, including the Malta Historical Society. His main areas of interest are books on Malta (Melitensia), prohibited literature and anonymous publications, the history of the book, print culture in the age of enlightenment, Malta in the eighteenth century and the Hospitaller Order of St John.
Dr Robert Thake – Rare & Antique Book Consultant.