The Incunabula Collection


"The Incunabula Collection of The Bancroft Library comprises more than 430
titles printed before 1501. The word "incunabula" is Latin for "swaddling
clothes," as these books are from the infancy of European printing, typeset and
printed by hand from moveable type. Incunabula reflect the transitional phase
between the manuscript and print traditions. This fifteenth century media change
is similar to the shift from print to electronic and multimedia communication
taking place in the twenty-first century.  The study of incunabula gives insight
into the origins of a tradition which has greatly affected the course of western
culture and development, and reveals much about the life, customs, and tastes of
the educated during the Renaissance."

The Incunabula Collection
The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

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