Wednesday, January 03, 2018


which, she admitted (somewhat embarrassedly) had thought meant something to do with Satan...
Books printed between 1450 (the year of Gutenberg’s invention of modern printing) and 1500 (conventional cut-off date in scholarship) are known as incunabula. Some 30,000 editions are known today, in some 450,000 surviving copies, located in about 4,000 different public libraries, mostly in Europe and North America.
The idea that underpins the 15cBOOKTRADE Project is to use the material evidence from these thousands of surviving books, as well as unique documentary evidence — the unpublished ledger of a Venetian bookseller in the 1480s which records the sale of 25,000 printed books with their prices — to address five fundamental questions relating to the introduction of printing in the West which have so far eluded scholarship, partly because of lack of evidence, partly because of the lack of effective tools to deal with existing evidence.


  1. The devil made you think it? I suppose that it is the resemblance to "incubus" that tricked you. According to the Latin dictionaries handy, the two words are not cognates.

  2. Thank you George! That is what it was. And I just put up a new post on my discovery of the word.