Private Libraries in Renaissance England (PLRE)
A new online database PLRE.Folger contains records of nearly 13,000 books drawn from book-lists compiled in England between 1507 and 1653, itemizing the collections of 196 owners. These records include the book-lists appearing in 162 probate inventories taken under the jurisdiction of the Chancellor of Oxford University.
The PLRE Project website offers a detailed alphabetical list of the names of the owners of the libraries and a chronological index of inventories.
The printed volumes which underlie the database are published by Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (Tempe, AZ) and are available in the United Kingdom and Europe from Adam Matthew Publications (Marlborough, Wiltshire).