ab incunabulis

ab incunabulis From infancy. This phrase may be translated as `cradle, swaddling clothes, infancy, or origin”. Although ab incunabulis doesn't include a special reference to books, it still often refers to the earliest stage or beginning of something; but most often to books that date back to the period before A.D. 1500, when the use of movable ...
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