About the Collection

Special Collections holds more than 1,000 incunables, books printed in Europe with moveable type before 1501. The majority of these are in the fields of theology, classical literature, history, and philosophy. More than one-third of these titles are the first printed editions or the first translations of the texts. Nine languages are represented, and more than 60 different printing towns. More than 120 of the editions include woodcut illustrations, and approximately 160 copies retain their fifteenth-century bindings. All are available for study in Bridwell Library’s Decherd Turner Reading Room.

Search Tips:

The digital collection can be searched by typing appropriate terms into the "search this collection" box above or within the collection using the search box at the top of the page. Totals by country:

Italy (537)
Germany (380)
France (68)
Switzerland (68)
Belgium (11)
Netherlands (7)
Spain (4)
England (4)
Austria (2)

To search by country of origin, type the country into the search box (example: Netherlands).
To search by Goff number, search as displayed (example: B-0526)
To search for “Not in Goff”, search using the exact phrase or “Goff”.
To search by city and printer, type both into the search box (example: Venice Ratdolt).
The search results will sort by ISTC number. Any search results can also be sorted by the display fields (example: Belgium, and within results sort by year).

For more information, please contact Bridwell Library Special Collections.