Incunabula: The Nuremberg Chronicle

A news story in Sandy, Utah caught my eye the other day. Rare book dealer Ken Sanders was doing $2 appraisals at an antiques fundraiser, when someone walked in with a 1494 copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. For the uninitiated, books printed in the 15th century are known in the rare-book trade as incunabula, Latin for “swaddling clothes” or “cradle,” because they were produced during the infancy of printing. (American incunabula are those books printed in America in the 17th century.) The Nuremberg Chronicle, first published in 1493, is an illustrated world history and one of the best-documented incunabula. The Morse Library at Beloit College has a great digital collection, if you happen to be interested in learning more about this book and exploring its contents.

A brief video accompanies the news article.

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