noun (plural incunabula /ˌinkyəˈnabyələ/)
An early printed book, especially one printed before 1501.
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- In the Library of the Monastery there are some precious incunabulas and a copy of the Bohoric grammar.
- The Division of Special Collections maintains a small collection of incunabula and early printed material.
- This site is dedicated to the historical incunabulas and old prints of the Bohemian origin.
early 19th century: from Latin incunabula (neuter plural), 'swaddling clothes, cradle', from in- 'into' + cunae 'cradle'.
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- Problems and methods addressed by incunabulists will consequently be presented in a historiographical context, but the course will have a practical bias and will be comprehensively illustrated.
- The age of diary-keeping and of scrapbooks seems to have passed and we do not encounter many annalists or archivists or incunabulists.
- His books are prized by incunabulists and collectors for their intrinsic ability to convey, in a far more compact format than the usual fifteenth century folio, what once required far more space, owed to the exacting standards of clarity of Bevilaqua's Press.
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