15 Most Wanted Books

How can I help? Donate a book. 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 selected from our complete list of 'Desiderata' the top 15 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. All donors’ names will be included in our collection catalogue. Prices listed here are indicative and may change.

15 Most Wanted Books

Art History

Andrea Del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action. Julian Brooks (Getty Publications, 2015) € 42,50

Imagined Interiors: Representing the Domestic Interior since the Renaissance. Jeremy Aynsley (V&A Publishing, 2006) € 70,35

Raphael: the drawings. Catherine Whistler (Ashmolean Museum, 2017) € 31,07

Re-Reading Leonardo: The "Treatise on Painting" Across Europe, 1550-1900. Claire Farago (Routledge, 2017) € 36,67

Women in the ancient world. Jenifer Neils (British Museum Press, 2011) € 27,99

The world's most beautiful libraries. Massimo Listri (Taschen, 2018) € 127,50



The Duke’s assassin: Lorenzino de’ Medici. Stefano Dall’Aglio (Yale University Press, 2015) € 22,12

Knights in arms: prose romance, masculinity, and Eastern Mediterranean trade in early modern England, 1565-1655. Goran Stanivukovic, (University of Toronto Press, 2016) € 44,52

Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World. Adrian Goldsworthy (Yale University Press, 2016) € 13.12


Literature, Novels and Poetry

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway.Katherine West Scheil (Cambridge University Press, 2018) € 21,72

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

Reception of D.H. Lawrence in Europe (Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe). Dieter Mehl (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) € 37,13


Children’s Books

The Polar Express. Chris Van Allsburg (Andersen Press, 2014) € 6.77

Little Boo. Stephen Wunderli (Henry Holt and Co, 2016) € 16.16

Madeline in London. Ludwig Bemelmans (Scholastic, 1999) € 5.91


For the complete list please click here.