But it is the books printed before 1474 that form the real Italian incunabula.
It hardly needs be told why so few of the incunabula of the Philippines have survived.
Will you first show Miss Thayer the illuminations and the rarest of the incunabula?
Three of them appeared before the end of the fifteenth century, which places them among the incunabula of printing.
The term incunabula is now applied to all books printed before the year 1500.
Huntington had already found the shelf which held the incunabula and the later examples of printing.
Turning first to Italian incunabula we find that the first book printed in Italy has perished utterly.
The total number of incunabula printed in England was probably upwards of four hundred, of which Caxton produced fully one-fourth.
The library boasts of the richest collection in the world of books on chess, Dutch incunabula, Elzevirs and Spinozana.
Salisbury is rich in incunabula, and a catalogue has recently been printed.
"swaddling clothes," also, figuratively, "childhood, beginnings;" 1824, from Latin incunabula (neuter plural), ultimately from cunae "cradle," from PIE *koi-na-, from root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch."