Definition of incunabulum in English:


Syllabification: in·cu·nab·u·lum
Pronunciation: /ˌinkyəˈnabyələm, ˌiNG-/

noun (plural incunabula /-lə/)

  • 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.



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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.


early 19th century: from Latin incunabula (neuter plural), 'swaddling clothes, cradle', from in- 'into' + cunae 'cradle'.

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