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Pompeo de Fiore, a Sicilian, entered the foray. It was he who introduced the first printing press to Malta in 1642. De Fiore was not a printer himself, but was the owner of several properties; and also provided the Order with its intake of fresh bread from his bakery at Old Bakery Street in Valletta, which was bombed during WWII. He was in close contact with influential members of the Order who were able to help him avoid paying hefty fines as well as receive compensation upon several tenements of his properties in Floriana being pulled down because they were deemed a danger to the new fortifications. His three daughter were also accepted as nuns in the Order's convent of St. Ursula.

In June 1642, Fiore submitted a petition to the Grand Master to operate a printing press from the premises in the bakery. He also asked for a monopoly over printing in Malta for himself and his successors, and for his employees to be exempted from performing military duty. Lascaris approved all requests and signed the required license provided that all manuscripts be submitted to the grand master's censor. In fact, it was the question of censorship that led to the printing press' early demise. It was Fiore's wish that the person appointed by the Grand Master to carry out the duty of censor in the Order's name should be the Vice-Chancellor. He would have to perform his duty as censor together with the Inquisitor, whose censorship mechanism over the local press went back even before the issue of the license by Lascaris and the actual setting up of the press.

On March 8, 1642, de Fiore was summoned by the Inquisitor Giovanni Battista Gori Pannellini to take a solemn oath as required by the Council of Trent. On April 19, Cardinal Barberini on behalf of the Congregations of the Holy See informed the Inquisitor in Malta that censorship was to be his prerogative. A three-way struggle ensued between the secular, the inquisitorial and the diocesan over the control of the press, and continued over a number of years. This means that the Order did not encourage any further development as its Grand Master had no control over it. As a result, very few works were published and its output came to an end in 1655. Fiore's exclusive rights to run the printing press came to an end at the same time and the family was elevated to nobility.

Another 100 years had to pass before an agreement which settled the thorny question of censorship (or did?) was reached by the Holy See and the Order. In the meantime, all printing requirements were printed abroad. A State press eventually started operating in 1756 after the imprimatur issue was settled in 1746. The 1756 press has survived to this day as the Government Printing Press, being the oldest printing establishment in Malta!

Reference: J.F, Grima 'Printing and Censorship in Malta 1642-1839'. A General Survery of Malta, 1991, pg 1-3.


Nobile Carlo de Fiore of Naples, Printer to came to Malta 1560, (d. 1645), married (1) 1563 to Fiametta del Burgo, (d. 1640)., married (2) 1643 at Valletta to Anna Carbone., with issue.

1.  (First Marriage) Nobile  Vittorio del Fiore, Printer in Malta, married 1605 Valletta Petrisa Metaxi of Greece . , with issue.
1.1. Magifico e Nobile (Pompeo) Gaspare del Fiore, (1620 - 1682), (* 1: Granted in 1642 by the Grand Master Lascaris exclusive rights to run a printing press. This kept going within the family until the mid 18th century and were considered as Barons by the Grand Masters since Lascaris), married 1638 Valletta to Veronica Azzopardi, with issue
1.1.1. Nobile  Notary Pietro de Fiore, (Hereditary rights to the Printing press in Malta - Head of de Fiore 1682- 1708), Printing company and assocations including Fumigation organisation), married 1676 at Porto Salvo,
Valletta to Anna Micallef, with issue
Nobile Persia de Fiore, married 1695 to M'Angelo Dingli, Captain of Curmi 1710-20, with issue Partenia Dingli, married (1) Qormi 1716 to Giovanni Casha, Captain of Curmi 1720-30, , married (2) 1732 to Gio Maria Azzopardi, with issue. (First Marriage) Gio'Batta Casha, Captain of Curmi 1760-70, married 1748 Qormi to Nobile Elena Sceberras Testaferrata, with issue. Anna Casha Testaferrata, married 1787 Qormi to Paulo Dimech, with issue. Marie Dimech Testaferrata, married 1815 Mosta to Principi Salvatore Said. Elena Dimech Testaferrata, married 1818 Mosta to Michele Azzopardi. Giuseppe Dimech Testaferrata, married 1826 Naxxar to Vincenza Fenech. Don Salvo Casha Testaferrata, Priest, dunm. Giovanni Casha, dunm. Paolo Casha, married Caterina Zammit, with issue. Elena Casha, married 1818 Birkirkara to Giovanni Maria Grech, with issue. Paolo Grech, married 1858 Birkirkara to Giovanna Calleja. Luca Grech, married 1857 Birkirkara to Angela Borg. Maria Grech, married 1840 Birkirkara to Francesco Mallia. Vincenza Grech, married 1849 Birkirkara to Carmela Micallef. Grazia Casha-Zammit, married 1799 Birkirkara to Baldassare Schembri, with issue. Maria Schembri, married 1830 Birkirkara to Clemente Spiteri. Grazia Schembri, married 1846 Birkirkara to Giovanni Attard. Francesco Schembri, married (1) 1831 Birkirkara to Elena Bonett, married (2) 1837 Birkirkara to Maria Briffa. Vincenzo Schembri, married 1848 Birkirkara to Antonia Grech. Grazio Casha., married 1800 Attard to Giuseppa Dalmas, with issue. Aloiseo Casha, married 1834 Attard to Francesca Mallia, with issue. Giuseppa Casha, married 1854 Attard to Francesco Aquilina. Marianna Casha, married 1858 Attard to Victorio Sammut. Emmanuela Casha, married 1870 Attard to Lorenzo Debono. Anna Casha, married 1845 Birkirkara to Salvatore Azzopardi. Maria Casha, married 1779 Birkirkara to Michele Mifsud, with issue. Graziulla Casha, married 1786 Birkirkara to Teodoro Fiott. Anna Casha, married 1757 to Saverio Crispo dei Duchi di Naxos, with issue Nobile Aloisea Crispo dei Duchi di Naxos, married 1785 Valletta to Gioacchino Ermolao Barbaro, 2nd Marquis di San Giorgio. Nobile e Mon Francesco Crispo dei Duchi di Naxos, Priest, dunm. Chco. Giorgio (Silvestro) Casha, married 1755 Qormi to Anna Sammut, with issue Don. Salvo Casha, dunm. Giovanni Casha, Deputy Lieutenant of Curmi, (1815 -1839), married Caterina Borg, with issue Marianna Casha, married Giovanni Mifsud. Emilia Casha, married Vincenzo Sammut. Anna Casha. Don. Giusto Casha., dunm. Don Luigi Casha, dunm. Gio Francesco Casha, married 1775 Valletta to Calcedonia Cachia, with issue. Maria Anna Casha, married 1795 Valletta to Dr Claudio Aloisio Caruana JUD. Paulina Casha, married 1736 to Chco. Felice Casha. (Son of Francesco and Anna) (Second Marriage) Rosa Azzopardi, married (1) to Giuseppe Dimech, Married (2) 1759 to Don Giuseppe Xuereb, with issue (First Marriage) Fra. Salvatore Dimech, dunm. Partemia Dimech., married 1796 Valletta to Mro Capella. Rafaele Pepe., with issue. Angelica Pepe. Felicita Pepe. Emmanela Pepe, married (1) 1830 Valletta to Dr Publio Fleri JUD, married (2) Don Michele Angelo Camilleri. Fra Giovanni Dimech, dunm. (Second Marriage) Don Giorgio Xuereb, married 1783 to Gratzia dei Conti Magro Sant, with issue Maria Azzopardi, married Giovanni Briffa, with issue Antonia Caterina Briffa, married Feliciano Attard, with issue Teresa Attard. Antonia Attard. Rosaria Briffa, married Benedetto Sammut, with issue. Partemia Sammut. Vincenzo Sammut, married to Franca Cauchi, with issue. Grazia Sammut. Marianna Sammut. Saveria Briffa, married Michele Ellul Concetta Briffa, married Antonio Conti., with issue. Dr Giovanni Conti JUD, married to Maria Concetta Attard, with issue. Pasquale Conti. Melita Conti. Antonio Conti. Benedetto Conti. Scolastica Conti. Domenica Conti. Rosalia Conti. Annetto Conti. Cecila Conti. Paolo Conti. Ruggerio Conti. Marian Anna Conti, married 1831 Valletta to Gio Batta Mifsud. Notary Pietro Dingli, married 1748 Mosta to Maria Mifsud, with issue Saveria Dingli, married Antonio Mifsud, with issue Anna Mifsud Giovanni Mifsud, married Marianna Casha, (See Above for issue) Caterina Mifsud Michele Dingli, married 1778 Valletta to Maria Mirabella. Anna Dingli, married Giuseppe Pullicino. Don. Paolo Dingli, dunm. Maddalena Dingli, married 1728 Qormi to Filippo Camilleri. Don. Diegio Dingli, dunm. Teresa Fiore, married 1714 Valletta to Marcello Revest.
Nobile Don Carlo de Fiore, (d. 1703), married 1666 to Donna Caterina de Principi Sayd, with issue.
Nobile Pompeo de Fiore, (d. 1742), - Head of de Fiore 1708- 1742), Printing company and assocations including Fumigation organisation), married 1684 to Francesca della Re., with issue.
Nobile Gaspare de Fiore, (d. 1767), - Head of de Fiore 1642- 1767), Printing company and assocations including Fumigation organisation), married 1739 to Chiara Grech., with issue. Nobile Chco. Francesco de Fiore, (d. 1781)., - Head of de Fiore 1767- 1781), Printing company and assocations including Fumigation organisation), married 1772 to Maria Teresa Sandeleon de Lacur. Nobile Paola de Fiore, (d. 1821), married 1773 to Chco Simone Biagio, Canon of the Cathedral of Mdina, with issue. Maria Teresa Biagio, married 1802 Valletta to Conte Francesco Saverio Montalto de Ribera. Nobile Dr Remigny de Fiore JUD, married to Antonia della Re., with issue. Nobile Gaspare de Fiore, married 1739 to Maria Teresa Grech.
Nobile Olivia Luigia de Fiore, married 1662 to Diego d'Amico. (See D'Amico).
Nobile Margerita de Fiore, married 1666 to Salvatore Grima.

1.1.5. Nobile Giovanna de Fiore., married 1676 to Geronimo Bellia.

1.1.6. Nobile Anna de Fiore, married 1673 Valletta to Antonio Grimaldi.

1.1.6. Nobile Servastualla de Fiore, "Nun at St Ursula Convent".

1.1.7. Nobile Antonia de Fiore, "Nun at St Ursula Convent".

1.1.8. Nobile Caterina de Fiore, "Nun at St Ursula Convent".
Nobile Maria de Fiore, married 1638 to Giovanni Zammit, illegitimate son of Notary Pietro Zammit and Giovanna Callus.
Nobile Laura de Fiore, married (1) 1629 to Chco.Tomaso Vella, married (2) 1646 to Diegio Talavera.

1.4. Nobile Angelo de Fiore., married Caterina N, with issue.

1.4.1. Nobile Caterina de Fiore., married 1654 at Valletta to Grazio Calleja, with issue. Domenica Calleja, married 1671 Valletta to Sig. Domenico Baruni (Barone), with issue. Antonio Barone, married (1) 1713 Valletta to Caterina Attard, married (2) 1717 Valletta to Polixemia Farrugia, with issue. Giuseppe Barone, married 1733 Cospicua to Maria Cutajar, with issue. Antonio Barone, married 1768 Valletta to Rosa Maria Alunna, with issue. Giuseppe Barone, married 1784 Cospicua to Saveria Fiteni, with issue. Salvatore Barone, married 1807 Cospicua to Rosa Zahra. Maddalena Barone, married 1696 Valletta to Bartolomeo Tanti. Graziella Barone, married (1) 1704 Valletta to Giuseppe Psaila, married (2) 1717 Valletta to Crispino Balzan, married (3) 1732 Valletta to Francesco Sciasagno. Polixema Barone, married (1) 1707 Valletta to Gio Battista Zerafa, married (2) 1727 Valletta to Giuseppe Borg.

2. Nobile Aloisetta de Fiore., with issue.

2.1. (illegitimate) Giacobina de Fiore., married (1) Mariano Coffini., married (2) 1616 at Valletta to Mco. Pierre Muxi of France, with issue.

2.1.1. Domenica Muxi, married 1646 Qormi to Domenico Cardona.

2.1.2. Maria Muxi, married 1651 Qormi to Salvatore Camilleri, with issue. Maria Camilleri, married 1686 Qormi to Michele Zammit. Grazia Camilleri, married 1686 Qormi to Gio Maria Falzon. Maruzzo Camilleri, married 1678 Birkirkara to Eleanora Xiberras. Stefano Camilleri, married 1674 Qormi to Maria Spiteri.

2.1.3. Speranza Muxi, married 1655 Qormi to Simone Busuttil, with issue. Giuseppe Busuttil, married (1) 1675 Zebbug to Angelica Farrugia, married (2) 1686 Naxxar to Paolina Attard, with issue. (First marriage) Angelo Busuttil, married 1712 Lija to Isabella Aquilina, with issue. Anna Busuttil, married 1740 Qormi to Nobile Ignazio Vassallo. Maria Busuttil, married 1672 Qormi to Pietro Mifsud, with issue. Rosa Mifsud, married 1727 Lija to Dr Giuseppe Vella JUD, with issue. Felice Vella, married 1740 Valletta to Fortunata Vitale, with issue. Donato Aloisio Luigi Vella, married 1776 Valletta to Graziella Spiteri, with issue. Alessandro Vella, married 1830 Valletta to Maria Gera. Donato Gabriele Vella, married 1802 Valletta to Benvenuta Ciccalo.

3. Nobile Marietta de Fiore, with issue.

3.1. (illegitimate) Marietta de Fiore, married 1622 Valletta to Antonio Simiana.

4. Nobile Olympia del Fiore, married 1583 to Nobile Barone Leonardo de la Barba.



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