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Pre-1800 Imprints, British & American: A Finding Guide: Incunabula

A library research guide to finding microform and online English and American texts printed before 1800.


Incunabula is "the collective term for books dating from the earliest (pre-1500) phase of the history of printing. Literally, it means ‘swaddling-clothes’, and is thus suggestive of the ‘infancy’ of the art of printing." (Source: "incunabula" The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Chris Baldick. Oxford University Press, 2008. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.)

Incunabula : the printing revolution in Europe, 1455-1500 Woodbridge, Conn., Research Publications, 1992 - . Olin Microfiche 2893- Lower Level (Non-Circulating)
Kept in large, red, 3-ring binders on top of the Readex microfiche cabinets.

Scope: Comprehensive microfiche collection of the earliest (pre-1500) printed books in Europe.

Online Access: Best resource for identifying the fiche location of a particular title is the searchable Gale Microform Guides site. Highlight "Incunabula: the Printing Revolution in Europe" on the Collection Title menu before entering search terms.

Worldcat may also contain records for some items. The Notes or Series fields in individual records indicate which Unit/Chapter holds the microfiche of the text.

Arrangement: CUL has 81 Units arranged by subject, as noted below.

Unit 1: Printing in Mainz to 1480
Unit 2: The Classics in Translation
Unit 3: Image of the World: Geography and Cosmography
Units 4 and 5: Chronicles and Historiography
Unit 6: Image of the World: Travellers’ Tales
Units 7, 8, 9 and 10: Printing in Italy before 1472
Units 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 21: Medical Incunabula
Units 16 and 17: Incunabula Hebraica
Units 18, 19 and 20: Printing in the Baltic Area
Units 22 and 23: Rhetoric
Units 24 and 25: Italian Humanism
Units 26, 27 and 28: Philosophy: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance
Units 29, 30 and 40: Grammar
Units 31, 32, 33, and 73: Sermons
Units 34 to 39: Law Incunbula
Units 41-44: Science
Units 45: Printing in Greek
Units 46 and 47: German Vernacular Literature
Units 48 and 49: Printing in England
Units 50 and 51: Liturgy
Units 52 and 53: Current Affairs
Units 54 and 55: Iberian Printing
Units 56, 57, 58, 59, 78, and 79: Bibles and Commentaries
Units 60, 61 and 62: Academic Theology
Units 63, 64, and 74: Romances
Units 65 and 66: Printing in French
Unit 67: Bibles and Commentaries
Units 68 and 69: Early Dutch Incunables
Units 70, 71, 72, and 75: Printing in Florence
Units 76, 77, and 80: Printing in Venice
Unit 81: Printing in Rome


Incunabula : the printing revolution in Europe, 1455-1500 : a guide to the ... unit of the microfiche collection. Editor-in-chief, Lotte Hellinga. Reading, Berkshire, England ; Woodbridge, Conn., U.S.A. : Research Publications International, 1992- v. ; 31 cm. Shelved with the microfiche set - Lower Level (Non-Circulating)

These guides can be viewed online or downloaded from the Gale web site.

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