Rare dictionary published in 1495 added to ISU’s collection

"Additions to the Cordell Collection in the Cunningham Memorial Library"

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University will be adding another rare dictionary to its collection.

"Additions to the Cordell Collection in the Cunningham Memorial Library"
“Additions to the Cordell Collection in the Cunningham Memorial Library”

The German-to-Latin dictionary, “Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum” was published in 1495 and still has its original binding.

“The book itself is wonderful. It’s the only copy of this book in the United States,” said Cinda May, chair of the special collections department at the library.
The 382-page dictionary is unpaginated, but it was hand-numbered in ink, presumably by an owner.

The incunable dictionary — a term referring to one printed before 1501 in Europe — is bound with a pigskin cover by the Augustinians at the Ulm monastery of St. Michaels.

While the author of “Vocabularius” is anonymous, experts presume it was written by a teacher, likely affiliated with the church.

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