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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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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
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(ˌɪn kyʊˈnæb yə lə, ˌɪŋ-), 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.
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[ˌɪnkjʊˈnæbjulə] NPLincunables mpl
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plInkunabeln pl, → Wiegendrucke pl
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Other chapters in this section cover the use of the composing stick in early printing; the order in which red and black inks were laid down in incunabula; the study of book fragments, and the disposal of old bindings when book-copies are rebound.
The volume also features an anastatic facsimile and a transcription, edited by Anne Tordi, of a 15th-century ottava rima adaptation of Decameron 4.1, preserved in the Incunabula 469.5 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
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.
Incunabula, photography and mixed media by Tammy Woodrow, until October 15.
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.
Para la elaboracion de este trabajo se utilizaron los viejos catalogos en papel que posee la BNC, algunas fuentes secundarias digitalizadas disponibles a traves de la web, el Catalogo de la Biblioteca del Congreso de los Estados Unidos (Library of Congress Online Catalog), el Catalogo de la Biblioteca Britanica (en especial su seccion dedicada a los incunables, llamada Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, de aca en adelante ISTC), el acervo de incunables digitalizados por la Biblioteca Estatal de Baviera (Bayerische Staatsbibliothec), y la seccion de incunables de la pagina web de la National Diet Library.
Contents: This large web project contains digitized copies of books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts along with many visuals.
This is because Steinschaber's text was copied--with very few minor orthographical adjustments--in several later Melusine incunabula and early fifteenth-century editions.
Fans of pre-1501 European printed books--called "incunabula"--will be delighted to know that Tomsk State University (TSU) has digitized 26 of them and made them available online, including medieval witch-finders' favorite bedtime reading, Malleus Maleficarum.
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.
Since 2003 the Cambridge Illuminations Research Project has issued six volumes of a five-part catalogue of Western illuminated manuscripts and incunabula (books printed before 1501) held in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge colleges.
(9) Eastern Europe was more difficult, and I ultimately decided to leave out the four books that would have come with that zone in that century to show the paucity of the Hebrew incunabula market.