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Publishers and suppliers of Italian materials, together with other useful bibliographical sources (compiled by William Pine-Coffin)

The following are some examples of Italian publishers, with a few based in Switzerland and the Vatican City. Those of essentially regional significance are marked *, those limited to a particular subject range **.

Adelphi (Milan)

Franco Angeli ** (Milan)

Antenore (Padua)

Arti Grafiche Friulane* (Tavagnacco [Udine])

Avagliano Cava de’Tirreni (Salerno)

Baldini, Castoldi, Dalai (Milan)

Editrice Bibliografica** (Milan)

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze** (Florence)

Bompiani (RCS) (Milan)

Bonacci (Rome)

Giorgio Bretschneider ** (Rome)

Bulzoni (Rome)

Calderini (Bologna)

Centro Studi Emigrazione** (Rome)

Claudiana** (Turin)

De Agostini** (Novara & Milan)

Donzelli (Rome)

Edizioni di storia e letteratura (Rome)

Edizioni scientifiche italiane (Naples)

Einaudi (Turin)

Electa ** (Milan)

Fabbri (RCS) (Milan)

Feltrinelli (Milan)

Arnaldo Forni** Sala Bolognese (Bologna)

Garzanti (Milan)

Grafica e Arte Bergamo

Gremese ** (Rome)

Guida Naples

Iannone * Isernia

Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali Pisa

Istituto dell’Enciclopdia Italiana (Treccani) (Rome)

Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato (Rome)

Jaca Book (Milan)

Laterza Bari

Lavoro (Rome)

L’Erma di Bretschneider** (Rome)

Levante ** Bari

Liguori Naples

Loescher Turin

Longanesi (Milan)

Longo Ravenna

Marsilio Venice

Ministero Beni e Attivita’ Culturali. Direzione Generale
per gli Archivi ** (Rome)

Mondadori Segrate ((Milan))

Morcelliana Brescia

Il mulino Bologna

Mursia (Milan)

Leo S. Olschki Florence

Pagine d’arte? Tesserete (CH)

Edizioni Paoline ** (Milan)

Pàtron Quarto Inferiore (Bologna)

Priuli e Verlucca * Pavone Canavese (Turin)

Rizzoli (RCS) (Milan)

Roma nel Rinascimento (Rome)

Rubbettino* Soveria Mannelli (Catanzaro)

Il Saggiatore (Milan)

Salani (Milan)

Salerno (Rome)

San Paolo Turin

Sellerio * Palermo

Sonzogno (RCS) (Milan)

UTET (Turin)

Libreria Editrice Vaticana** [Vatican City (CV)]

Vita e Pensiero (Milan)

Zanichelli ** (Bologna)

* Arti Grafiche Friulane: Friuli

Edisud: Campania

Iannone: Molise

Priuli e Verlucca: Piedmont

Rubbettino: Calabria

Sellerio: Sicily

Società Storia Patria Napoli: The south & Sicily (ex-Kingdom of Naples)

Cantone Ticino: Ticino (Switzerland)

** FrancoAngeli: Social Sciences

Editrice Bibiografica: Bibliography & publishing

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze: Bibliography

Giorgio Bretschneider: Classics

Centro Studi Emigrazione: Emigration

Claudiana: Protestantism

De Agostini: Atlases, maps, part-works

Electa: Art

Arnaldo Forni: Reprints

Giuffrè: Law

Gremese: Film

L’Erma di Bretschneider: Archaeology

Levante: Classics

Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali. Direzione Generale per gli Archivi: Archives

Pagine d’arte: Art

Edizioni Paoline: Religion

Zanichelli: Dictionaries

In addition to prices and ISBNs, the Catalogo dei libri in commercio (published by Editrice Bibliografica for the Associazione Italiana Editori), together with its supplements (which accompany the Giornale della libreria) is a useful source of publishers’ addresses, telephone and fax numbers, websites and e-mail addresses. There is also a CD-ROM version, known as ALICE.


Casalini Libri
Via Benedetto da Maiano 3,
50014 Fiesole (Firenze)

LibroCo. Italia
Casella 23, Via Borromeo 48,
50026 San Casciano V.P. (Firenze)

IBS (Internet Bookshop Italia)

Grant & Cutler
55-57 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7AY

The Italian Bookshop
7 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ

Sources of out-of-print books

Largo Schuster n°1, 20122 Milano

Libreria Gozzini ,
Via Ricasoli, 49 I-50122 Florence

Studio Bibliografico Marini, Valenzano (Bari)

Franco A. Volta
P.O. Box 7254
00162 Roma

Studio Bibliografico Franchini,
v. Scipione Ammirato, 102 50136 Firenze

Useful sources of bibliographical information

1. The following are some essential sources giving precise information about books and periodicals:

Explore the British Library is a very useful source for all UK publications and includes a vast range of foreign materials

COPAC (CURL OPAC) gives access to large parts of the catalogues of major UK academic libraries

The Bibliografia nazionale italiana is published by the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, and is the official listing of Italian publications, corresponding to the British Library’s British National Bibliography

The MLA Bibliography: the most important single source of information for articles, papers and books on all non-classical literature

BiGLLI: Bibliografia generale della lingua e della letteratura italiana: thorough and comprehensive, but only available in printed form

ITALINEMO: a new bibliographic database covering Italian literature

Film Index International, based on the holdings of the British Film Institute

International Film Archive (FIAF), with a series of four databases reflecting film periodicals, TV periodicals, silent films and collections of film and TV

  Italian Art History publishers (compiled by Chris Michaelides)

3 major publishers


- Electa Napoli is a subsidiary of Electa, established in 1983. It has a catalogue of some 500 titles on the art and culture of Naples and Southern Italy.


Silvana editoriale

Other important publishers


Centro DI

De Luca





Touring Club Italiano

Umberto Allemandi

Online catalogues of art libraries

Art History Libraries in London

British Architectural Library

Courtauld Institute Library

National Art Library

Warburg Institute Library

Bookshops online

Centro DI


Libreria Bocca

Libreria della Spada

Libro Co Italia

Michael Shamansky

Other Useful Sites

The Grove Dictionary of Art (subscription)

The British Library Art websites

 Italian History publishers

Franco Angeli

Newton & Compton
(Series include: Quest' Italia, Storie insolite)


La Nuova Italia editrice

Edizioni di storia e letteratura

History databases

International Medieval Bibliography - A bibliography of published literature relating to the European Middle Ages (c.450-1500). Besides monographs, the work indexes over 4,000 periodicals published in Europe, the Americas and the Pacific. 1967-

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Iter Bibliography - Covers all literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for journal articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies are included. Also included are citations for monographs, and material published in monographs and collections of essays.


Iter italicum - online edition of Paul Oskar Kristeller's Iter Italicum, the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world. Originally published in six volumes between 1963 and 1992, it is an essential tool for any scholar working in the fields of classical, medieval and Renaissance studies.

Italian History websites

H-ITALY - Italian History

Istituto per la Storia del Risorgimento Italiano

Italian History Index
(the site of the European University Institute in Florence).

La Storia

Medioevo Italiano