extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.
the earliest stages or first traces of anything.
- in·cu·nab·u·lar, adjective
- post·in·cu·nab·u·la, adjective
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How to use incunabula in a sentence
The term incunabula is now applied to all books printed before the year 1500.
It contained especially choice editions of the classics, and also many incunabula.English Heraldic Book-stamps | Cyril Davenport
Beughem's incunabula Typographica, 1688, 12mo., is both jejune and grossly erroneous.Bibliomania; or Book-Madness | Thomas Frognall Dibdin
By the term 'early-printed books' the bookseller generally means fifteenth-century works, or incunabula as they are now called.
One is the original editions of famous Elizabethan and early Stuart authors, the other, the more estimable incunabula.
British Dictionary definitions for incunabula
any book printed before 1501
the infancy or earliest stages of something; beginnings
- incunabular, adjective
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