Definition of term:: Incunable


  • Anything printed during the 15th century, the first century of printing with "moveable type"; from the Latin, meaning "from the cradle"; can also be used in a relative sense to refer to other early printings, i.e. incunables from the Pacific islands.
Danish: Inkunabel
Dutch: Incunabel, wiegedruk
French: Incunable
German: Inkunabel
Italian: Incunabolo
Spanish: Incunable
Swedish: Inkunabler
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources
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