The Incunabula Collection
Collection materials in format
The Incunabula Collection contains most, around 260, of the Helsinki University Library's ca. 420 incunabula (i.e. books printed before year 1501).
The Incunabula Collection contains most, around 260, of the Helsinki University Library's ca. 420 incunabula (i.e. books printed before year 1501). The collection has been divided into three different sections (Ink. collection, Ink. k. collection and the Ink. F collection of folio sized books). Around one third of the library's incunabula are included in the A. E. Nordenskiöld Collection. Individual incunabula have also been placed in the library's other collections. Additionally, many printed religious books used in Finland during the Catholic era have been placed in the Manuscript Collection. The Incunabula Collection also includes around 20 post-incunabula, printed in the beginning of 16th century.
Temporal coverage of the collectionAntiquity the Middle Ages beginning of the modern age
Spatial coverage of the collectionEurope Området i Mellanöstern
Main collectionSpecial Collections
Parent collectionSpecial collections formed in the library
Restrictions of useOnly for Special Collections Reading Room
The incunabula of the National Library of Finland have been catalogued in accordance with international standards, with as specific item data as possible. Title and author information have been recorded on edition level, and the records have been linked to international reference databases. On item level, provenance information, defects, book bindings and decorations and other markings have been specifically taken into account.
More information about cataloguing
The collection has been described in the National Library Search.
Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC): http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/istc/
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke (GW): http://www.gesamtkatalogderwiegendrucke.de/
The provenance of the collections is mixed: most of the books are quite recent acquisitions, book and collection purchases carried out in the 19th and 20th century. Small part of the books, on the other hand, came to Finland early on. The provenance of individual books is presented as specifically as possible in the item record.
Helsinki University Library
Mostly by donations.