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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections
Henry Hale Graham Sharpless
Dante Alighieri, Divina commedia, 1472


Haverford has an inspiring collection of incunabular works; texts printed before 1501. These works demonstrate a critical period in the history of the book as they show the evolution from manuscript to print. The printing process was carried from Germany where Gutenberg created moveable type throughout Europe. Johann Neumeister, who claimed to have been trained by Gutenberg, created the first edition of Dante's Divine Comedy in 1472 in Foligno, Italy. Only about 20 copies of this work are known to exist today.

Incunabula are cataloged in Tripod.