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

Jacopo Carucci da Pontormo, his life and work. Frederick Mortimer Clapp £12.59

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

Women Artists in Early Modern Italy: Careers, Fame, and Collectors. Sheila Berker (Harvey, 2016), £72.50



British Travellers and the Encounter with Britain, 1450-1700. John Cramsie (Boydell & Brewer) £42.75

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

The Fascist Party and Popular Opinion in Mussolini’s Italy. Paul Corner (Oxford University Press, 2012) £59.98


Literature, Novels and Poetry

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

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington. Leonora Carrington (Dorothy, 2017) £9.58

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

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.