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Incunabula in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology has 320 incunabula in its collection. Incunabula (from the Latin meaning "swaddling clothes" or, figuratively, infancy) are European books printed with movable type during the fifteenth century, , that is, during the very beginnings of Western printing. Incunabula represent the formative stages of printing practice when the transition from manuscripts to modern books occurred. The Dibner Library's collection is remarkable in that the majority of the works concentrate on scientific (or more properly, natural philosophy), mathematical, and medical subjects.