What Did Princesse de Lamballe Read?

Princesse de Lamballe

Princesse de Lamballe, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Many people in the 1700s had private libraries in their homes. The Princesse de Lamballe, who was fluent in several languages, had her own library. Among the books she liked to read were those written by popular writers, such as Dante Alighieri and Nicolo Macchivelli. However, she was particularly fond of Italian poetry. Some books found in her private library were auctioned off in March 2015 through Olivier Coutau-Bégarie. Here is the list of books she owned:

Algarotti, Comte Francesco, Il Congresso di Citeria (The Congress of Cythera), 1768: Compares English, French, and Italian attitudes toward love, English Translation

Alighieri, Dante, La Divinia Commedia (The Divine Comedy), 1768: Epic Italian poem considered one of the greatest literary works of all times, English Translation

Aristo, Ludovico, Orlando Furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando), 1768: Italian poetry, English Translation

Carteromaco, Nicolo, Riccardetto, 1767: Italian poetry.

Corsini, Bartolomeo, Il Tornacchione Desolato, 1768: Classical Italian poetry.

Nicolò Macchiavelli, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Nicolò Macchiavelli, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Guarini, Cav., Il Pastor Fido (The Faithful Shepherd), 1768: Tragicomedy play, English Translation

Lippi, Lorenzo, Il Malmantile Racquistato, 1768: Humorous poem.

Macchiavelli, Nicolò, Opere (The Works), 1768: History, English Translation

Petrarca, Francesco, Le Rime, 1768: Italian lyrical poetry.

Tasso Torquato, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Tasso Torquato, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Pulci, Luigi, Il Morgante (Morgante: The Epic Adventures of Orlando and His Giant Friend Morgante), 1768: Italian poetry.

Redi, Francesco, Vocabolario Portatile (Vocabulary Portable), 1768: Italian poetry.

Tassonni, Alessandro, La Secchia Rapita (The Rape of the Bucket), 1768: Italian satirical poetry, English Translation

Torquato, Tasso, Aminta Favola Boscareccia: Italian poetry.

Torquato, Tasso, La Gerusalemme Liberata (The Jerusalem Delivered), 1768: Epic Italian poem, English translation


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