King Richard III at OU

We may not have the bones but we have the tomes!

Richard III, Nichols Collections, OU LibrariesThe remains of King Richard III (1452-1485) were recently recovered from underneath a parking lot (cf. “Royal Recovery,” NPR, February 4). In recognition of this event, we have identified several rare books relating to the ill-fated monarch held at OU libraries.

Come see the following items from the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, currently on display on the 5th floor of Bizzell Library:

  • 1646, The History of the Life and Reigne of Richard the Third
  • 1674, A Chronicle of the Kings of England
  • 1707, A Genealogical History of the Kings and Queens of England
  • 1788, The Battle of Bosworth Field between Richard the Third and Henry Earl of Richmond, August 22, 1485

In addition to these historical works, you may view this treasure:

  • 1632, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies (The Second Folio)

Download a brochure (pdf):

Richard III, brochure

These books may be viewed at the History of Science Collections on the 5th floor of Bizzell library, Monday-Thursday 9-7 pm, Friday 9-5 pm, Saturday 12-4 pm, through February 28 (325-2741; directions and more info). While there, you may also view the Living Library exhibit, a display of more than 100 works from the History of Science Collections.

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Image from: The History of the Life and Reigne of Richard the Third (London, 1646), courtesy John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections.

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