What is incipit?

incipit meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

Latin for “here begins.” The opening words or phrase of a text, or of one of its divisions, providing a clue to its content. In the absence of a title page, medieval manuscripts and incunabula often began with the word “incipit” written or printed in majuscules and/or in a distinguishing color. The incipit often included the name of the author and the title of the work. The term is also applied to the initial letter (or letters) of a text, often elaborately decorated in medieval manuscripts, as in this example of a magnificent “L” opening the Gospel of Saint Matthew in a 12th-century German manuscript (Getty Museum, MS Ludwig II 3). Click here and here to see examples that use display script. Compare with colophon and explicit. See also: incipit page.


reference: ABC-CLIO