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in·cu·nab·u·lum

 (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.

incunabula

(ˌɪnkjʊˈnæbjʊlə)
pl n, sing -lum (-ləm)
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) any book printed before 1501
2. the infancy or earliest stages of something; beginnings
[C19: from Latin, originally: swaddling clothes, hence beginnings, from in-2 + cūnābula cradle]
ˌincuˈnabular adj

in•cu•nab•u•la

(ˌɪn kyʊˈnæb yə lə, ˌɪŋ-)

n.pl., sing. -lum (-ləm).
1. books printed before 1501.
2. the earliest stages or first traces of anything.
[1815–25; < Latin: straps holding a baby in a cradle, earliest home]
in`cu•nab′u•lar, adj.
Translations

incunabula

[ˌɪnkjʊˈnæbjulə] NPLincunables mpl

incunabula

plInkunabeln pl, → Wiegendrucke pl
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Contents: This large web project contains digitized copies of books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts along with many visuals.
Volume 1 contains the 466 entries covering UST's holdings of incunabula (book printed before 1500) and key 16th-century works, such as Copernicus' work on the heliocentric theory and the very rare Plantin Polyglot Bible.
It is neither common nor uncommon: Incunabula Short Title Catalogue reports copies in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.
She was a productive scholar, publishing five books and numerous articles from 1917 to 1975 on topics as wide-ranging as choral music, aesthetics, musical incunabula, and the basse danse.
Among specific topics are the Gutenberg galaxy's dark matter: lost incunabula and a way to retrieve them, in search of lost Fortuna: reconstructing the publishing history of the Polish book of fortune-telling, the editorial history of a rare and forbidden Franciscan book of the Italian Renaissance: the Dialogo della Unione Sprituale di Dio con l'anima by Bartolomeo Cardoni, book use and sociability in lost libraries of the 18th century: towards a union catalogue, and Italian archives and libraries in the Second World War.
Mead's catalog of the incunabula (pre-1500 printed books) at the Huntington Library, and particularly the method by which Mead decided whether or not a fragment was worth cataloging.
Incunabula, photography and mixed media by Tammy Woodrow, until October 15.
This diverse collection, begun by Garabed and Anahid Kalfayan and continued by their sons Roupen and Arsen, spans metalwork, manuscripts and incunabula, textiles, ceramics, lacquer, and carved stone and ivory.
The difference in the number and value of the manuscripts and incunabula in the two libraries collected and donated by Sir George Grey (1812-98) during his long career as an army officer, explorer, governor of three colonies, New Zealand Prime Minister, and then parliamentary representative, seems already in 1886 to have obtruded itself on the notice of Clifford W Holgate, chronicler of the Free Public Library movement.
Let us ask of that eye, as of the absent iceberg, a belief in archipelago; let us begin again in the barren incunabula.
But for "Theodoric," see Johannes Versor, Quaestiones super libros Aristotelis De generatione et corruptione, Datenbank Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke [Union Catalogue of Incunabula Database], GW M50238 (Berlin: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz), http:// www.
Pannonhalma's educational activities are centred on the prestigious boys' boarding school which adjoins the abbey buildings, a small theological college, and a grand, Neoclassical library which houses around 3,000 books, 300 incunabula, and a dozen manuscripts, as well as large archives.