The Royal Library as a source for Sir Robert Cotton's collection: a preliminary list of acquisitions
James P. Carley
PUBLIC Record Office, Augmentation Office, Misc. Books i6o (E. 315/160), ff. iO7v-120r, contains an alphabetical list of 910 books, printed and manuscript, found in the Upper Library at Westminster Palace in 1542. At approximately the same time the inventory was compiled, so it would appear, a number was entered into each book: this number corresponded to the place where the book occurred in the alphabetical sequences established by the list. Slightly afterwards, probably around 1550, more books came to Whitehall - presumably from Hampton Court and Greenwich - and these too were put into alphabetical order and an inventory number inserted. Somewhat later the printed and manuscript books were separated.