Dis­counted price of the lim­ited edi­tion ‘Id-Damma’ from Her­itage Malta stand at the Book Fair

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Mal­tese lan­guage is unique and, as with all lan­guages, is con­tin­u­ing to evolve. It has sur­vived dif­fi­cult times and while some tra­di­tions may have been lost for­ever, our lan­guage is still alive. So how did the Mal­tese lan­guage evolve through the years?

This is ev­i­dent in a Mal­tese en­cy­clopaedic dic­tionary which has been pub­lished for the first time since its in­cep­tion, af­ter 250 years. ‘Id-Damma’ was writ­ten by Ġan Piet Franġisk Agius de Solda­nis in 1766, tak­ing him 17 years to con­clude but never reached pub­li­ca­tion. The manuscripts have been kept at the Na­tional Li­brary.

Af­ter two and a half cen­turies his work has fi­nally been pub­lished for the first time and ‘IdDamma’ is now on sale at the an­nual Book Fair, or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Book Coun­cil at the Mediter­ranean Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Val­letta.

‘Id-Damma’ in­cludes var­i­ous his­tor­i­cal cul­tural as­pects, such as food, tra­di­tions, games, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, etnog­ra­phy and legends. It is a lim­ited edi­tion and can be bought from Her­itage Malta stand at the Book Fair. Those who al­ready sub­scribed or would like to pur­chase a copy of ‘Id-Damma’ from the Book Fair will ben­e­fit from a dis­count.

The pub­li­ca­tion’s orig­i­nal price of €50 will be re­duced to €40.

Her­itage Malta, through its ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach en­deav­ours, is ac­tive in the field of pub­lish­ing. Other range of works pro­duced in­clude ex­hi­bi­tion cat­a­logues, col­lected pa­pers, con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings, work­books, pro­ject books, read­ing books and mono­graphs.

Her­itage Malta is also of­fer­ing an added dis­count on the first four is­sues of its bian­nual jour­nal, Tesserae, with the pur­chase of a copy of ‘Id-Damma’. Tesserae was first pub­lished in Au­gust 2015 and the four edi­tions of from Au­tumn 2015 to Spring 2017 may be bought for the re­duced price of €30 in­stead of €48.

The pub­lish­ers of ‘Id-Damma’ are Malta Li­braries, the Depart­ment of Mal­tese at the Univer­sity of Malta, Her­itage Malta, Na­tional Coun­cil for the Mal­tese Lan­guage and the Akkademja tal-Malti with the sup­port of BPC In­ter­na­tional.

An­other pub­li­ca­tion on sale from Her­itage Malta stand at the Book Fair is the re­print of the mono­graph ‘In the Name of the Prince’. This book was first pub­lished in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and sold out af­ter a few weeks. This pub­li­ca­tion fea­tures re­search by one of Her­itage Malta’s cu­ra­tors and stud­ies the Mal­tese Cor­sairs be­tween 1760 and 1798.

The Book Fair will re­main open un­til the 13th of Novem­ber 2016. More in­for­ma­tion about the Book Fair may be ob­tained from the web­site, www.ktieb.org.mt. En­trance is free.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.