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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Definitions for incunabula

  1. the earliest stages or first traces of anything.
  2. extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.

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Citations for incunabula
Similarly, as considered from the entelechial point of view, the "principles" of Greek tragedy would be sought not in the incunabula of tragedy, but in late developments… Kenneth Burke, "Myth, Poetry, and Philosophy," Language as Symbolic Action, 1966
It was prehistory, the incunabula of my life. Then came the events of college and marriage and the birth of my first child. Janette Turner Hospital, The Tiger in the Tiger Pit, 1983
Origin of incunabula
1815-1825
Incunabula is derived from the Latin word of the same spelling which referred to an infant's swaddling clothes. It entered English in the 1820s.