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

Luca della Robbia. John Pope-Hennessy, (Phaidon, 1980), £69.99.

Fra Filippo Lippi: life and work. Jeffrey Ruda (Phaidon, 1999), £35.

Fra Filippo Lippi: The Carmelite Painter. Megan Holmes (Yale University Press, 1999), £46.20

Italian Architecture of the 16th Century. Colin Rowe and Leon Satkowski (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), £24.95

Renaissance Architecture. Christy Anderson (OUP Oxford, 2013), £11.97

Florence. The city and its architecture. Richard J. Goy (Phaidon, 2002) £45

Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece: A Connoiseur's Search for Lost Art in America. Fred R. Kline (Pegasus, 2016) £15.58

Origins, Invention, Revision: Studying the History of Art and Architecture. James S. Ackerman (Yale University Press, 2016) £15.58

Caravaggio and the Creation of Modernity. Troy Thomas (Reaktion Books, 2016) £13.50

Beyond Caravaggio. Letizia Treves (Yale University Press, 2016) £25

Michelangelo's David: Florentine History and Civic Identity. John T. Paoletti (Cambridge University Press, 2015) £72

A Face to the World: On Self-Portraits. Laura Cumming (HarperCollins, 2010) £18.99

Re-Reading Leonardo: The "Treatise on Painting" Across Europe, 1550-1900. Claire Farago (Routledge, 2017) £61.75

Pompeo Batoni: Prince of Painters in Eighteenth-Century Rome. EP Bowron ( Yale University Press, 2007) £38.00

Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics. P.Adams Sitney (Oxford University Press 2013) £29.98

Imagined Interiors: Representing the Domestic Interior since the Renaissance. Jeremy Aynsley (V&A Publishing) £31.50

Private lives in Renaissance Venice: art, architecture, and the family. P. Fortini Brown. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004) £27.97

Venice Triumphant: The Horizons of a Myth. Elizabeth Crouzet-Pavan. (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, 1999). £31.50 paperback

Giovanni Bellini and the Art of Devotion. Ronda Kasl, ed. (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2004) £39.50

Venice a Maritime Republic. Frederic Lane, (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, 1973) £26.55

Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice. Edward Muir, (New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1981) £26.75

Dynasty and destiny in Medici art: Pontormo, Leo X, and the two Cosimos. Cox-Rearic,   £61.17

Pontormo: portrait of a halberdier. Elizabeth Cropper. (Los Angeles: Getty Museum, 1997).£16.99

Rosso Fiorentino: drawings, prints, and decorative arts. Eugene A. Carroll,.£48.80

Rosso in Italy: the Italian career of Rosso Fiorentino. Franklin, David. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994). £42.09

Color and Meaning: Practice and Theory in Renaissance Painting. Hall, Marcia (Cambridge University, 1994) £100

Pontormo's diary. Rosemary Mayer; in collaboration with Julia Ballerini and Richard Milazzo. £52.07

Leonardo da Vinci: Origins of a Genius. David Alan Brown. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998). £27.78

Virtue and Beauty: Leonardo's Ginevra de' Benci and Renaissance Portraits of Women,David Alan Brown. (Princeton University Press, 2003).£26.70

The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci. P. Richter, ed. 2 vols., (London, 1883, rev. 1970) Classic Reprint vol. 1 £13.59; vol. 2 £16.59

Italian paintings of the fifteenth century. Miklós Boskovits ... [et al.]. (Washington: National Gallery of Art; 2003).£161.07

Dominion of the Eye: Urbanism, Art, and Power in Early Modern Florence. Marvin Trachtenberg (Cambridge University Press, 2008) £35.99

Andrea Del Sarto The Renaissance Workshop in Action. Julian Brooks (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2015). £33,72

Leonardo da Vinci: master draftsman. Carmen Bambach (New Haven: Yale University   Press, 2003) £69,07

The Museo degli Innocenti (English version). S. Filipponi, E. Mazzocchi, L. Sebregondi, (Firenze: Mandragora, 2016) €15,00

Religious poverty, visual riches: art in the Dominican churches of central Italy in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Joanna Cannon, (New Haven, Conn: Yale Univ. Press, 2013) £40.50

Michelangelo and the viewer in his time. Ann Barnes Bernadine (London: Reaktion Books, 2017) £14,95.

At home in Renaissance Italy. Marta Ajmar-Wollheim, (London: V & A Publications, 2006) £33.19

The art of philosophy: visual thinking in Europe from the late Renaissance to the early Enlightenment. Susanna Berger (Princeton, Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017) £54.95

Short guide to the new Museo dell’Opera del Duomo of Florence. Timothy Verdon (Firenze: Edizioni Polistampa, 2016) £22.76

Le stanze dei tesori: collezionisti e antiquari a Firenze tra Ottocento e Novecento. Lucia Mannini (Firenze: Edizioni Polistampa: 2011) £58.61

From Giotto to Botticelli : the artistic patronage of the Humiliati in Florence. Julia Isabel Miller (University Park, Pa: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015) £53.95

Ambitious form: Giambologna, Ammanati, and Danti in Florence. Michael Wayne Cole (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011) £37.01

The Devonshire inheritance: five centuries of collecting at Chatsworth. Nicolas Barker, 2003, €44,99

The Lure of Italy. Julian Brooks (Los Angeles: Getty Publication, 2017) £12.50


Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor, Charles Allen (Hachette, 2012) £12,99.

Medieval Women and Their Objects. Nancy Bradbury and Jennifer Adams (The University of Michigan Press, 2016) £61.95

What Is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic. Shahab Ahmed (Princeton University Press, 2015) £22.40

Inglorious empire: what the British did to India. Shashi Tharoor (Hurst & Co., 2017) £11.66

Knights in arms: prose romance, masculinity, and Eastern Mediterranean trade in early modern England, 1565-1655. Goran Stanivukovic, (University of Toronto Press, 2015), £19.50

The civilization of the Italian Renaissance. Bartlett, Kenneth (University of Toronto Press, 2011), £27.56


Canzoniere: Selected Poems by Francesco Petrarca, Anthony Mortimer (ed.) (Penguin Classics, 2006) £18,92.

Thomas Churchyard: Pen, Sword, and Ego. Matthew Woodcock (OUP Oxford, 2016) £58.50

Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Malcolm Guite (Hodder & Stoughton, 2017) £15.61

Gracious and beautiful monster. The literary universe. Sefy Hendler (Maschietto, 2017) £22

Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare: Place, "Race", Politics. Shaul Bassi (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) £58

Oscar Wilde prefigured: queer fashioning and British caricature, 1750-1900. Dominic Janes (University of Chicago Press, 2016) £19.49

The Cambridge Companion to Petrarch. Albert Russell Ascoli (Cambridge University Press) £18.99

Machiavelli's Gospel: The Critique of Christianity in "The Prince". William B. Parsons (Boydell & Brewer, 2016) £65

Prefaces to Shakespeare. Tony Tanner (Harvard, 2010) £29.95

Networking the Nation: British and American Women’s Poetry and Italy, 1840-1870. (OUP, 2015), £60

Windows to the Sun: D.H. Lawrence's Thought-adventures. Earl G. Ingersoll (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009) £41.33

Reception of D.H. Lawrence in Europe (Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe). Dieter Mehl (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) £48.93

Novels and Poetry

The Countess in the Tower, Margaret Pole (Amberley Publishing, 2016) £16,99.

Casino Royale, Ian Fleming (Vintage Classics, 2012), £6.99

Nutshell, Ian McEwan (Vintage, 2017), £6.29

The Children Act, Ian McEwan (Vintage, 2015), £6.99

Begin again. Ursula Orange (Dean Street Press, new edition 2017), £9.99

Hot Milk. Deborah Levy (Penguin) £6.29

Eileen. Ottessa Moshfegh (Vintage, 2016), £6.29

Do Not Say We Have Nothing. Madeleine Thien (Granta, 2017) £6.29

All That Man Is. David Szalay (Vintage, 2017) £6.29

Children of Time. Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pan, 2016) £6.29

Selected Poems. Don Paterson (Faber & Faber) £9.48

Poems. J. H. Prynne (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) £19.99

Memorial. Alice Oswald (Faber & Faber, 2012) £10.68

History of Science

Searching for the Soror Mystica: The Lives and Science of Women Alchemists. Robin L. Gordon (University Press of America, 2013), £19.95

Paracelsian moments: science, medicine, & astrology in early modern Europe. Gerhild Scholz Williams (Truman State University Press, 2003), £29.50


Translation. A very short introduction. Matthew Reynolds (UOP Oxford, 2016), £7.99

What Language Do I Dream In? A Memoir. Elena Lappin (Virago, 2016) £13.48

History of fashion design

Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion 1600-1914. Aileen Ribeiro (Yale University Press, 2017) £46.03

Fashioning the Early Modern: Dress, Textiles, and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800. Evelyn Welch (OUP, 2017) £50