The international database of 15th century printing has been developed at the British Library since 1980. Contributors include the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Rome, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, the Bibliothèque Royal Albert Ier, Brussels, and the British Library. The British Library's collection is unsurpassed in its coverage of the whole range of 15th century printing, and the Catalogue of Books Printed in the 15th Century now in the British Museum, known as BMC, is the most important guide to the field of study. There some 700 books in the British Library that are not yet catalogued in the supplements to the BMC.
Union Catalogue of Incunabula (GKW)
An addition to the print edition of the ‘Union Catalogue of Incunabula’ (GW) which lists all 15th century prints in alphabetical order and has been published since 1925. The database contains all incunabula editions recorded in the manuscript of the Union Catalogue of Incunabula and in the printed editions. The 36,000 descriptions of incunabula, distributed over at least 3,900 articles, are at varying stages of scientific analysis. Some have undergone detailed analysis and reflect the current status of research, while others are now out of date. Some consist of nothing more than a title and a few images of manuscript pages. An initial revision of the material is underway. Thus, the “Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke” is a work in progress, most important to the research on early printing and for antiquarian booksellers specializing in this field.
Munich Incunabula Collection
The largest collection of incunabula and early printing worldwide is held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library), Munich. It includes block books, prints and manuscripts of Western, Oriental and East Asian Origin. The Bavarian State Library is well-known for its digital collections. It forms Germany's virtual national library together with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German National Library) in Frankfurt and Leipzig.
INKA Catalogue of Incunabula, Tübingen
Online database for incunabula with various search options
L. Hain, Repertorium bibliographicum
Repertorium bibliographicum, in quo libri omnes ab arte typographica inventa usque ad annum MD. typis expressi ordine alphabetico vel simpliciter enumerantur vel adcuratius recensentur ... Hain’s classical work on early printing was published in 2 volumes in 1826 and 1838 and contains 16.299 items.
Supplement to Hain’s Repertorium Bibliographicum, or Collections towards a new edition of that work. 2 Parts. London 1902
Dietrich Reichling, Appendices ad Hainii-Copingeri
Appendices ad Hainii-Copingeri Repertorium Bibliographicum Additiones et Emendationes ... Munich 1905. The appendix to the appendix of Hain’s monumental work.
M. Pellechet, Catalogue Général des Incunables des Bibliothèques publiques de France
Catalogue Général des Incunables des Bibliothèques publiques de France ... 3 volumes, Paris 1897-1909
Catalogue of books mostly from the presses of the first printers showing the progress of printing with movable metal types through the second half of the 15th century. Collected by Rush C. Hawkins ... Printed in 1910, a valuable resource for the description of incunabula and the research about the first printers
Bancroft Library of Incunabula
The Incunabula Collection of The Bancroft Library comprises more than 430 titles printed before 1501 including philosophical, theological, scientific, mathematical, historical, legal, and poetical works. There are examples from each of the major western European countries. The largest group is from Italy, over 140 titles from Venice, printers represented include Anton Koberger of Nuremberg, Johann Zainer of Ulm, Philippe Pigouchet of Paris, Johannes Trechsel of Lyon, Nicholas Jenson and Erhard Ratdolt of Venice, the work of the earliest known press to be operated by women at the Convent of San Jacopo di Ripoli in Florence, and others.
History of the Book Title - Incunabula and Early Printing
Research project at the University of Erlangen: incunabula and early printed books from Mainz, Bamberg, Strasbourg, Cologne, Basel, Augsburg and Nuremberg. Bibliographic Data and Facsimiles.