Saturday, October 1, 2011

Incunable-- Isn't that a great word?

The word incunable comes from the Latin for swaddling bands. The word pretty much means "baby books." How awesome is that? The image to the left is from a 1482 printed edition of Euclid's Elementa Geometriaea. Isn't that the prettiest math book you ever saw?

I've been looking at pages and [ages of beautiful facsimile manuscripts and playing in the incunabla. Talk about a great way to start the day!

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