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.


Art History

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

The invention of the Italian Renaissance printmaker. Evelyn Lincoln (Yale Univ. Press, 2000) £23.28

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

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

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



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

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

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


Literature, Novels and Poetry


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

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

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

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

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



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


For the complete list please click here.