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.
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.
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