Any book printed before 1500 (or within 50 years of the invention of the printing press) is referred to as an "incunable" book. The printing of books began around 870 AD but books were unable to be mass produced until Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440. Books before 1500 are considered incredibly rare and expensive because they are one of a kind pieces which only the very rich could afford. Incunable is Latin for "in the cradle" referring to the infancy period of book printin...
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