From the Latin in cunabula ('in the cradle' or 'origins'), an incunable is a printed book produced before 1501, that is, when the process of printing from movable type was in its infancy (pl. incunabula). See also Xylograph.

Michelle Brown
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    Inkunabel; Wiegendruck

Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).