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 (ĭn′kyə-năb′yə-ləm, ĭng′-)
n. pl. in·cu·nab·u·la (-lə)
1. A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
2. An artifact of an early period.

[New Latin incūnābulum, from sing. of Latin incūnābula, swaddling clothes, cradle : in-, in; see in-2 + cūnābula, cradle, infancy (from cūnae, cradle; see kei- in Indo-European roots).]

in′cu·nab′u·lar (-lər) adj.
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any of the rare, early examples of movabletype editions printed in the last part of the 15th century, as Caxton’s editions of Chaucer and Malory. — incunabula, n. pl.incunabulist, n.incunabular, adj.
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But she focuses mostly elsewhere, on the career of this German university man, jurist, imperial counselor, and bishop, and still more particularly on his presumptive interior life as gleaned from hundreds of marginal annotations found in his surviving books, some hundred manuscripts, and forty incunables. Hence this title: the "memory," the person's interior foundation, his resource bank, his cultural ego, painstakingly redrawn from passages in his reading he chose to mark and annotate, the places that elicited an intellectual or emotional response.
Los libros impresos por este personaje y por los otros seis impresores del siglo XVI, (35) fueron denominados como "incunables americanos" (36).
Dane is a great rhetorical provocateur, and chapters with such titles as 'Twenty Million Incunables Can' t Be Wrong' and' The Zen of Collation' may bother or amuse depending on the reader's mien or on which side of the Atlantic he or she resides.
This methodology is still valid for special collections; for instance, collections of incunables of the manuscripts of a famous author should almost always be approached in this manner.
The first is a Netherlandish or German blockbook Apocalypse of the 1460s and the last are two German incunables of 1489 with inscriptions of ownership by Conrad Wubberdingk of Rintelln in Lower Saxony (interestingly, one is on witchcraft and the other on the priesthood).