INCUNABLES
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"Incunabula" is the special name given to European books printed from movable type before 1 January 1501 — that is, before the end of Gutenberg's own century. The name comes from the ancient Latin word for "baby clothes" or the medieval Latin one for "things of the cradle" and is often Englished as "incunables."  The printing centers of the New World had their own similarly revered infancy periods, of course, starting for example in 1539 for Mexico, 1639 for what is now the U.S., 1660 for Guatemala, and 1766 for Argentina. By extension, American imprints of these periods are sometimes called " New World Incunables" and they occasionally appear below among their elder, European brothers and sisters.

Practical Christian Ethics Incunable EditionTwo Large Painted Initials
Antoninus Florentinus.  Summa theologica. [Basel: Michael Wenssler], 4 January 1485. Folio (35 cm, 13.8"). Part two only of five. [321] ff. (of 322, lacking title-page).
$4975.00
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It Looks LikeWhat an Incunable is SUPPOSED to Look Like
Antoninus, Saint, Archbishop of Florence.  Summa theologica. [colophon: Argentina {i.e., [Strassburg}: Johannem {Reinhard} Grüninger, 1496]. Folio (32.5 cm; 12.5"). Vols. I & II (in one volume) of V. I: [173 of 174] ff. (lacking first leaf of vol. 1); [225 of 226] ff. (without the final blank].
$8000.00
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Very Early Mexican Printed Notarial Form1562
Notarial form.  Carta de poder. Mexico: Pedro Ocharte, before 16 January 1562]. Folio. [1] f.
[SOLD]
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A BALLI-Printed Broadside
Notarial form.  Carta de poder. [Mexico: Pedro Balli, before 14 September 1590]. Folio. [1] f.
$1875.00
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PETRARCH's Letters to Friends An AMERBACH Incunable Leaf
Petrarca, Francesco.  Opera latina. Basel: Johann Amerbach, 1496. Folio (28.5 x 20 cm; 11.5" x 8"). 1 leaf.
$200.00
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– SAVONAROLA –

A Florentine Incunable Savonarola Put Forth
in theVernacular Italian
Savonarola, Girolamo.  [drop-title] Proemio di frate Hieromymo da Ferrara dellordine de p[re]dicatori nella expositio[n]e del psalmo lxxviiii. Tradocto in lingua fiorentina da uno suo familiare. [colophon: Firenze: apresso a sancta Maria maggiore {i.e. Lorenzo Morgiani and Johannes Petri}, 8 June 1496]. Small 4to (21.5 cm; 8.5"). [8] ff.
$10,000.00
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Dove andro? A chi mi volgero?Where Shall I Go? To Whom Can I Turn?
Savonarola, Girolamo.  [drop-title] Expositione di frate Hieronymo da Ferrara sopra el Psalmo L, Miserere mei Deus. [Florence: Printer of the 'Caccia di Belfiore', after 23 May 1498]. Small 4to (18.7cm; 7.5"). [14] ff., with final blank.
$10,000.00
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Florence & RomeWILL Be Punished
Savonarola, Girolamo, pseudo.  [drop-title]  Expositione sopra el psalmo Verba mea.  [Florence: Printer of Pseudo-Savonarola, 'Esposizione sopra il salmo Verba mea', 1500?]. Small 4to (19.6 cm; 7.75"). [8] ff.
$8895.00
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Bird & Bull PressIncunables STUDIED HERE
Schulz, Ernst.  The study of incunables: Problems and aims. Philadelphia: The Philobiblon Club, 1977. 8vo (24 cm; 9.25"). vii, 28, [1 (colophon)] pp.
$30.00
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