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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.


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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It is extant in fourteen manuscripts and went through seven incunabular editions.
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When I spoke at the Norman Mailer Society Conference in 2005, I was asked to discuss the position of literature and English Studies at the beginning of the twenty-first century, how the work of Norman Mailer fit into these cultural and intellectual trends, and recommend ways that the Society might continue to flourish in a still incunabular information age.
This article describes the varied use of that attractive frame and other artistic borders used with Hebrew books in the incunabular period.
Comfortably crossing the arbitrary categories of medieval/Renaissance and the incunabular period, Gillespie has written with scholarly rigour an important chapter in the history of the book in England that not only throws light on the printed afterlife of two central medieval English writers but also explains how historical circumstances impinged on print culture.
The Incunabular period--that transition between manuscript and print systems--provides many lessons.
Pontano's pedagogy has attracted less scholarly attention than his poetic and other prose production in part because De aspiratione achieved a limited circulation in manuscript and print; although the work had an incunabular printing in 1481 and five further editions up to 1556, this was an exiguous early publication record in comparison with such school-level bestsellers as Perotti's Rudimenta grammatices or Agostino Dati's Elegantiolae.
Eliminated from consideration here is the small incunabular "Gradual," referred to by Duggan and others, printed in 1477 by the Moilli brothers in Parma.