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Enter the age of incunabula

An incunable is a book, pamphlet, or broadside that is a printed, not handwritten like antique manuscripts, item from before the year 1501 in Europe. One who collects is an incunabulist. The word incunable is derived from the Latin word for swaddling clothes that held the infant in a cradle and is an indicator that these books are the work of a technology still in its infancy.

No matter what type of incunabula you're looking for, there's bound to be an antique book perfect for your collection here on eBay.

Incunabula for your collection

The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed using mass-produced movable metal type in Europe. It marked the start of the "Gutenberg Revolution" and what followed was known as the age of the printed book in the Western world. The Gutenberg Bible was widely praised for its high aesthetic and artistic qualities and the book has an iconic status.

Perhaps you have always wanted a 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle complete with woodcuts illustrations. The very early printed books that often included beautiful illustrations. Prepared both from relief woodcuts and intaglio copperplate, they were hand engraved by skilled artists. During the fifteenth and for most of the sixteenth century, woodcuts were much more common in books than copperplates as they could be printed along with the text.

Find single pages for your collection, such as a leaf from the "Book of Hours". Discover pages featuring intricate drawings, borders, and text. Or, for those into music, find vellum music sheets written in Latin.

Perfect for enhancing your bookcase and adding some real antique charm to your home, go for a first edition, leatherbound "Manuel de Libarie". The stunning gold detailing on the spine and covers is visually striking whilst a marble-effect first page gives you a reason to open this antique book.