How can I help? Donate a book.

As you may be aware the British Institute receives no funding from the UK Government. We are very fortunate to be able to count on the generous support of donors both institutional and individual for the maintenance of the Library and Archives.

We are frequently asked the question “How can I help support the British Institute Library?” One practical way you can help is to buy a book for the British Institute. Here we have compiled a list of books which we would love to add to the collection.

If you would like to buy one or more of these books for the Library please get in touch with the Library staff and tell us which book you would like to buy. Alternatively, you could give us a contribution to help make these purchases. All donors’ names will be included in our collection catalogue. Prices listed here are indicative and may change.

 

15 Most Wanted Books 

Desiderata (books we would like):

Art History

Florence. The city and its architecture. Richard J. Goy (Phaidon, 2010) € 102,26

The Museo degli Innocenti (English version). S. Filipponi, E. Mazzocchi, L. Sebregondi, (Mandragora, 2016) €12,75

Fra Filippo Lippi: The Carmelite Painter. Megan Holmes (Yale University Press, 1999) € 70

A Face to the World: On Self-Portraits. Laura Cumming (HarperPress, 2010) € 26,91

Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics. P. Adams Sitney (Oxford University Press, 2013) € 24,85

Giovanni Bellini and the Art of Devotion. Ronda Kasl, ed. (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2004) € 76,60

Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice. Edward Muir (Princeton University Press, 1986)
€ 40,80

Pontormo: portrait of a halberdier. Elizabeth Cropper (Getty Museum, 2006) € 17,48

Color and Meaning: Practice and Theory in Renaissance Painting. Marcia B. Hall (Cambridge University, 1994) € 92,52

Leonardo da Vinci: Origins of a Genius. David Alan Brown (Yale University Press, 1998). € 44,83

Virtue and Beauty: Leonardo's Ginevra de' Benci and Renaissance Portraits of Women.David Alan Brown (Princeton University Press, 2003) € 87,43

The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci. P. Richter (Nabu Press, 2010) € 21,31

Italian paintings of the fifteenth century. Miklós Boskovits [et al.]. (Oxford university Press; 2004). € 115,94

Religious poverty, visual riches: art in the Dominican churches of central Italy in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Joanna Cannon (Yale Univ. Press, 2013) € 31,69

Michelangelo and the viewer in his time. Ann Barnes Bernadine (Reaktion Books, 2017)
€ 15,33

The art of philosophy: visual thinking in Europe from the late Renaissance to the early Enlightenment.Susanna Berger (Princeton University Press, 2017) € 55.05

Le stanze dei tesori: collezionisti e antiquari a Firenze tra Ottocento e Novecento. Lucia Mannini (Edizioni Polistampa, 2011) € 25

The Devonshire inheritance: five centuries of collecting at Chatsworth. Nicolas Barker (Art Services, 2003) € 171,30

Houses of Power: The Places that Shaped the Tudor World. Simon Thurley (Bantam Press, 2017) € 29.07

Giovanni Da Rimini: Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and Other Saints. Anna Koopstra (Natl Gallery Pubns, 2017) € 15.55

Michelangelo & Sebastiano. Matthias Wivel (National Gallery Publications, 2017) € 30,12

Signs & symbols in Christian art. George Ferguson (OUP, Reissue, 1966) € 12,59

A concise history of bronzes. George Savage (Thames & Hudson, 1969) € 81,00

Giovanni Bellini : landscapes of faith in Renaissance Venice. Davide Gasparotto (J. Paul Getty Museum Publications, 2017) € 26,22

The Stones of Florence. Mary McCarthy (Mariner Books, 2002) € 11,09

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2018. Alyson Owen (Bloomsbury Yearbooks, 2017) € 24,22

Critics, Coteries and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity. Wendy Graham (Columbia University Press, 2017) € 45,90

Florence: The City and its Arts. Luciano Berti (Saverio Becocci, 1985) € 11,00

Luca Della Robbia. Leo Planiscig (Del Turco Editore, 1948) € 15

 

History & Biographies

Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor. Charles Allen (Abacus, 2013) € 12,59

Inglorious empire: what the British did to India. Shashi Tharoor (Penguin, 2018)
€ 9,68

Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. Andrew Morton (Michael O’Mara, 2018) € 19,38

The Medici. Marcel Brion (1980) € 8,38

Florence: The Biography of a City. Christopher Hibbert (Penguin, 1994) € 19,38

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. Jacob Burckhardt (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013) € 10,14

The Building of Renaissance Florence: An Economic and Social History. Richard Goldthwaite (Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; Reissue ed., 1982) € 18,69

 

Literature

Gracious and beautiful monster. The literary universe. Sefy Hendler (Maschietto, 2017) € 26

Canzoniere: Selected Poems by Francesco Petrarca, Anthony Mortimer (ed.) (Penguin Classics, 2002) € 10,65

Networking the Nation: British and American Women’s Poetry and Italy, 1840-1870. (Oxford University Press, 2015) € 89,91

Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare: Place, "Race," Politics. Shaul Bassi (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) € 92,61

Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Malcolm Guite (Hodder & Stoughton, 2017) € 17,98

Oscar Wilde prefigured: queer fashioning and British caricature, 1750-1900. Dominic Janes (University of Chicago Press, 2016) € 30,60

Machiavelli's Gospel: The Critique of Christianity in "The Prince". William B. Parsons (University of Rochester Press, 2016) € 53,86

Prefaces to Shakespeare. Tony Tanner (Belknap, 2012) € 22,14

Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writing. Angela Carter (Vintage Classics, 2013), € 12,59

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Random USA, 2017) € 10.37

The Mosaic of Islam: A Conversation With Perry Anderson. Suleiman Mourad (Verso Books, 2016) € 12.15

The white album. Joan Didion (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2009) € 11.39

How I became a North Korean. Krys Lee (Faber & Faber, 2016) € 8.48

Machiavelli's politics. Catherine H. Zuckert (Univ of Chicago Pr, 2017) € 37.44

L’inchiostro del Mago. Saggi di letteratura inglese dell'Ottocento. Franco Marucci (Pacini, 2009) € 17.90

Molly Keane: A life. Sally Phipps (Virago, 2017), € 12,15

Jane Welsh Carlyle and her Victorian World. Kathy Chamberlain (Duckworth Overlook, 2018), € 17.98

Nietzsche's Journey to Sorrento: Genesis of the Philosophy of the Free Spirit. Paolo D’Iorio (University of Chicago Press, 2016), € 28.95

Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets: A New Commentary. Don Paterson (Faber & Faber, 2012) € 12.49

The value of Virginia Woolf. Madelyn Detloff (Cambridge University Press, 2012) € 10.97

Becoming Virginia Woolf. Her early diaries and the diaries she read. Barbara Lounsberry (University Press of Florida, 2015) € 22.84

The transferred life of George Eliot : the biography of a novelist. Philip Davis (Oxford University Press, 2018) € 16,23

Shakespeare for freedom . Ewan Fernie (Cambridge University Press, 2017)€42.48

For only those deserve the name : T.E. Lawrence ans Seven pillars of wisdom. Mark Calderbank (Sussex Academic Pr, 2017) € 32.56

Pamela Hansford Johnson : a writing life. Deirdre David (OUP Oxford, 2017) € 21,34

The Oxford handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (OUP Oxford, 2012) €135.99

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics. James O'Brien (OUP USA, 2017) €14.57

The making of Jane Austen. Devoney Looser (Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, 2017) € 21.24

The genius of Jane Austen. Paula Byrne (Harper USA, 2017) € 12.93

Jane Austen : the banker’s sister. E. J. Clery (Biteback Publishing, 2017) € 20.82

The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. Watt, Ian (Random UK) € 6.34

The Florence of Landor. Lilian Whiting (Leopold Classic Library, 2016) €18.42

Under the same moon: Edward Thomas and the English lyric. Edna Longley (Enitharmon Pr) € 29.64

Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing. Lara Feigel (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019) € 12,15

What would Virginia Woolf do?: And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology. Nina Lorenz Collins (Grand Central Publishing, 2018) € 24,36

Agatha Christie and shrewd Miss Marple. Peter Keating (Priskus Books, 2017) € 15,07

Thomas Hardy: The Poetic Structure. Jean R. Brooks (Cornell Univ. Press, 1971) € 12,10

Conscience in Early Modern English Literature. Abraham Stoll (Cambridge University Press, 2017) € 72,82

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth. Catherine Mcilwaine (Bodleian Library, 2018) € 48,31

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Tom Wolfe(Transworld, 2001) € 8,86

 

Novels and Poetry

The Journals of Claire Clairmont. M. K. Stocking (Harvard Univ Pr, 1968) € 37.32

4 3 2 1. Paul Auster (Faber & Faber, 2017) € 12,95

History of Wolves. Emily Fridlund (W&N, 2017) € 7,66

Exit West. Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton, 2017) € 18,24

Elmet. Fiona Mosley (Hachette, 2017) € 14,56

Solar Bones.Mike McCormack (Random USA, 2018) € 11,89

Reservoir 13. Jon McGregor (Fourth Estate, 2018) € 8,71

Home Fire. Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018) € 9,93

The Underground Railroad. Colson Whitehead (Fleet, 2017) € 8,71

Casino Royale, Ian Fleming (Random UK, 2012) € 8,74

Radical chic. Tom Wolfe (Picador, 2009) € 14,08

Nutshell, Ian McEwan (Random UK, 2017) € 10,20

The Children Act, Ian McEwan (Random UK, 2015) € 7,74

Begin again. Ursula Orange (Dean Street Press, new edition 2017) € 14,55

Hot Milk. Deborah Levy (Penguin, 2017) € 8,71

Eileen. Ottessa Moshfegh (Vintage, 2016) € 8,64

Do Not Say We Have Nothing. Madeleine Thien (Granta, 2017) € 9,72

All That Man Is. David Szalay (Vintage, 2017) € 8,71

Memorial. Alice Oswald (Faber & Faber, 2012) € 10,57

The Castle of Crossed Destinies. Italo Calvino (Random UK, 2000) € 12,59

Dune. Frank Herbert (Ace Books, 1990) € 8,13

The Diaries of Jane Somers. Doris Lessing (Flamingo, 2002) € 11.22

Sylvia’s lover. Elizabeth Gaskell (OUP, 2013) € 10.32

Ruth. Elizabeth Gaskell (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014) € 7,27

Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell (Penguin Classics, 1996) € 7.40

The Half-Caste: an Old Governess's Tale. Dinah Maria Mulock Craick (The British Library) € 17.48

Lincoln in the Bardo. George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017) € 12.59

Autumn. Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton, 2016) € 19.90

The robber bride. Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009) € 24,04

Cat’s eye. Margaret Atwood (Virago) € 9,68

Bodily harm. Margaret Atwood (Anchor Books, 1999) € 13,60

The blind assassin. Margaret Atwood (Anchor, 2001) € 12,54

Good bones. Margaret Atwood (Virago, 2010) € 8.64

The bell jar. Sylvia Plath (Faber & Faber, 2005) € 8.71

The blue afternoon. William Boyd (Penguin, 2010) € 6,42

Sweet caress. William Boyd (Bloomsbury, 2016) € 6,77

Solo. William Boyd (Vintage, 2014) € 8,26

Eva Trout. Elizabeth Bowen (Vintage Classics, 1999) € 8,64

Several Perceptions. Angela Carter (Virago, 1997) € 11,95

Heroes and Villains. Angela Carter (Penguin, 1991) € 12,15

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman. Angela Carter (Penguin Classics, 2011) € 6,54

Shadow Dance. Angela Carter (Virago, 1995) € 12,15

Expo 58. Jonathan Coe (Penguin, 2014) € 8,64

Parrot and Olivier in America. Peter Carey (Vintage Books, 2011) € 8,88

What a carve up! Jonathan Coe (Penguin, 2016) € 8,71

Rebecca. Daphne Du Maurier (Avon books, 1996) € 5,91

Someone like you. Roald Dahl (Penguin Classics, 2009) € 8,56

Kiss kiss. Roald Dahl (Penguin, 2011) € 8,83

The longest journey. E.M. Forster (Createspace Independent Pub, 2018) € 3,62

Maurice. E.M. Forster (Penguin Classics, 2005) € 9,68

The power and the glory. Graham Greene (Random UK, 2001) € 8,64

Crome yellow. Aldous Huxley (Vintage Classics, 2009) € 7,49

The violins of Saint-Jacques: a tale of the Antilles. Patrick Leigh Fermor (New York Review of Books, 2017) € 11,66

Don’t tell Alfred. Nancy Mitford (Penguin, 2015) € 8,56

The Prince of Tides: a novel. Pat Conroy (Dial Pr., 2002) € 7,17

Watership Down. Richard Adams (Puffin Classics, 2014) € 6,66

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition. Ursula K. Le Guin (Gollancz, 2018) € 40,65

The Children. Edith Wharton (Independently published, 2018) € 25,56

Paradise Lost. John Milton (Jazzybee Verlag, 2015) € 7,76

Feel Free: Essays. Zadie Smith (Penguin, 2018) € 11,66

Nothing sacred: Selected writings. Angela Carter (Virago, 1992) € 12,15

 

Children’s Books

Grandad's Island. Benji Davies (Simon and Schuster, 2015) € 6,77

Library Lion. Michelle Knudsen (Walker Books Ltd, 2008) € 6.77

The Borrowers. Mary Norton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003) € 5,98

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. Monica Brown (North South Books, 2017) € 12,59

Owl babies. Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson (Candlewick Pr., 2015)€ 5,05

There’s a tiger in the garden. Lizzy Stewart (Quarto Publishing Group, 2017) € 6,66

The tiger who came to tea. Pop up book Judith Kerr (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 2018) € 19,37

 

Languages

What Language Do I Dream In? A Memoir. Elena Lappin (Virago, 2016) € 6

 

History of Science

Searching for the Soror Mystica: The Lives and Science of Women Alchemists. Robin L. Gordon (University Press of America, 2013) € 22,31

Paracelsian moments: science, medicine, & astrology in early modern Europe. Gerhild Scholz Williams (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003) € 46,08

Finding Fibonacci : the quest to rediscover the forgotten mathematical genius who changed the world. Keith Devlin (Princeton Univ Pr, 2017) € 18.58

 

History of fashion design

Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion 1600-1914. Aileen Ribeiro (Yale University Press, 2017) € 55,25

Fashioning the Early Modern: Dress, Textiles, and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800. Evelyn Welch (Oxford University Press, 2017) € 75,82

 

Travel

From Source to Sea: Notes from a 215-Mile Walk Along the River Thames. Tom Chesshyre (Summerdale Pub Ltd, 2018) € 14.15

Signal failure. Tom Jeffreys (Influx Press, 2017) € 12.15

Glasgow: The Autobiography. Alan Taylor (Birlinn Ltd, 2017) € 12.15

On Foot Through Clydesdale. Iain C. Lees (Birlinn Ltd, 2015) € 8.14