Special Collections & University Archives

Incunabula and Early Printing

Incunabula and Early Printing


One of the University Libraries’ collecting areas is the history of books and printing. A growing segment of this subject is incunabula, a term used to describe books printed between 1454 and 1501, roughly the fifty years following the invention of printing from moveable type. The digital images here represent highlights from the collection.

Fifty at fifty

The University Libraries has just issued a catalogue describing its first fifty incunabula in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Grand Valley State University in 1960. Fifty at Fifty: A Catalogue of Incunabula in the University Libraries, Grand Valley State University is a 146-page, full-color publication that gives complete bibliographic citations, collations, binding and printing notes, as well as information concerning provenance. Indexes for authors, titles, printers, places of printing, and provenance are included, as are concordances to standard incunabula bibliographies. Each of the fifty incunabula has illustrations of typical pages, rubricated initials, inscriptions, colophons, binding details, and/or printer’s devices.

To order a copy of the catalogue, email Robert Beasecker.

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