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January 15, 1938

Incunabula in the Huntington Library

JAMA. 1938;110(3):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790030068036

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Abstract

As usually defined, incunabula are the first printed books, those issued between the time of the origin of printing, roughly 1450, to the end of the century, 1500. Nearly all the early masters of typography issued medical works. Osler's bibliography of incunabula medica, which limits itself to the dates 1467-1480, lists 208 items. The Huntington Library has long been known to have one of the most magnificent assemblages of these books in the world. In 1931 Mr. Mead published a list of the "Incunabula Medica" there, which supplied the needs of the medical bibliographer. It ranks with the catalogue of incunabula of the Boston Medical Library and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. For general categories of medical incunabula, the research worker has Stockton-Hough, Osler and the recently published short title list of scientific and medical incunabula by Arnold Klebs. The catalogue of all the incunabula at the Huntington Library

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