John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections
The Nichols Collection is comprised of rare books and special materials in English, European, and American literatures dating from the 15th century to the present. The collection includes several incunables. These resources offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research in such fields as literary studies, the history of printing, and religion.
Outstanding items from the Nichols Collection include a Second Folio of Shakespeare and a first edition of Holinshed's Chronicles, the source for many Shakespeare plays.
Bizzell Bible Collection
Founded by a former president of the University, the Bizzell Bible Collection features two manuscript books of hours from the 15th century, incunabula, a copy of the Geneva Bible, and hundreds of other bibles in many languages. These resources are supplemented by commentaries, textual studies, illustrations, geographies and histories of the holy land, works on the life of Christ, prayer books and hymnals. The collection is housed in the beautiful Gaylord Room.
An M.A. thesis from 1963, by Jeane Mathewson Whitcomb Williams, provides an overview and checklist of the Bizzell Bible Collection. To view searchable pdfs of the thesis, click here (Table of Contents), here (Preface, Chaps. 1-6, and Bibliography), here (Checklist of Miscellaneous Books and English-Language Bibles), and here (Checklist of Foreign-Language Bibles, Miniature Bibles, Prayer Books, and Manuscripts; Addenda and Corrigenda; and Index).
Bass Business Collection
While most of the materials in the Bass Business Collection concern more recent economic and institutional history, the collection also includes a number of books from the late medieval and early modern periods. The oldest work is Johannes Nider's De contractibus mercatorum, published in 1468 in Cologne by Ulrich Zell, an apprentice of Johannes Gutenberg. For a list of other rare books, click here.