|Published||George Bonett - Cartographer - Designer. Copyright - Published by the ABC Stationers & Printers - South Street Valetta [c.1955]|
|Dimensions||530 x 550 mm|
The first bus route map of Malta, printed as a fold out booklet along with tourist information in the mid-1950's. The map, in full bold colour, shows the island in large-format, with a colour coded key of bus routes in the bottom left corner. The routes themselves are shown as coloured lines, departing from two bus terminals directly outside the City Gate of Valetta. Airfields are marked in brown, a testament to Malta's critical role in the RAF's network during the World Wars. Roads are ranked and shown as first class, second class, and cart tracks, and depth soundings are given off the coast. In the top right corner, next to the title and a crest containing the Maltese Cross, is an inset map of the Mediterranean, providing Malta's relative position and a detail of ferry routes to Gibraltar, Tunis, Tripoli, and Alexandria. The map is bound into a brief card booklet providing touristic information about sandy beaches, bathing places, public gardens, architecturally significant churches, places of historic interest, and other notable locations, as well as a full list of bus services around the island. Although the map was locally produced, the accompanying booklet was 'Printed in England by Brown Knight & Truscott Ltd., London.'
Condition: Clean crisp impression. Vertical and horizontal folds, as issued. Top left panel of map pasted into original paper cover. Some minor splitting and creasing to spine of cover.