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  • n. Plural form of incunabulum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The cradle or early abode; the place in which a thing had its earliest development, as a race, an art, etc.; hence, first trace; beginning; origin.
  • In ornithology, a breeding-place; the resort of a bird to breed.
  • In bibliography, books printed in the infancy of the art; generally, books printed before the year 1500: in this sense rarely with a singular incunabulum.


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  • The primitive woodcuts in incunabula are now almost too highly appreciated.

    Book Collecting

  • Sallenave was an avid collector of butterflies, as well as Old Master prints and rare books, particularly those printed before 1501, so-called incunabula.

    The Art Thief

  • Red Witch miscellaneous notes on Wiccan 'incunabula': curious and interesting stories from newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and books, press photos and postcards and other items relating to influential witches and the infancy of the modern witchcraft movement.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • So maybe at the outset of this 'incunabula' period, you are doing exactly what needs be done.

    The Application Becomes the Platform

  • These are generally rare books, such as incunabula and the higher class English literature of the seventeenth century, and are to be found in the libraries of wealthy collectors who are also learned men.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

  • These truly remarkable collections include a notable collection of rare atlases; a good cross-section of 'incunabula' (i.e. early books printed in Europe pre-1501); an important collection of early printed Bibles; key English and European texts from the Protestant Reformation; a substantial collection of scarce political tracts from the Civil War; rare books on natural history, geography, and so on, and so on.


  • Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. A kind friar has called it to my attention that three incunabula containing Dominican liturgical materials are now available in digital form on the web.

    Fifteenth-Century Dominican Breviary in Digital Form

  • He had repaired all types of books, from Bibles to incunabula with pages on the point of turning to dust.

    Yoani Sanchez: "The Murmurs Overlap... Everyone Spies on Everyone."

  • I have published a few articles on untranslatable incunabula without bothering to offer any solutions, a few reviews of what is current in glyptology, cryptology, and cryptanalysis.

    Excerpt from Codex Infinitum

  • There is a mathematical structure in the natural world that can be revealed or obscured by arranging Curiositez de la Mer des Indes, with its rich illustrations of the most bizarre creatures to swim the seas, in proximity to Elementa Geometriae, and a curiosity in the development of ideas discovered by keeping his incunabula together.

    Archive 2009-01-01


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  • “As a young man Mr. Friedlaender had collected stamps in a serious way. In 1970 he began collecting rare books, specializing in incunabula — European books printed before 1501 — and medieval illuminated manuscripts.�?

    The New York Times, H. N. Friedlaender, Bibliophile, Dies at 95, by William Grimes, November 30, 2008

    December 2, 2008

  • From the Latin "cunae" (cradle)--as in the "cradle days" of printing; referring to books and other printed material produced using moveable type (usu. before 1501).

    February 20, 2007