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In the exhibited Spanish Index, the elaborate title-page engraving designed by Juan de Herrera shows St. Peter and St. Paul within an architectural framework with personifications of Christian learning and faith. Compiled for Cardinal Antonio Zapata,…
Under the entry "Hieronymi Savonarolae Ferrariensis sermones," this Index of 1711 lists Savonarola's fifteen prohibited sermons and his book, Dialogo de la verità prophetica.
This copy of his De simplicitate vitae christiane, printed in Spain, bears a seventeenth-century inscription on its title page warning that the "Auctor iste damnatus" ("the author is damned"). However, citing the Historia pontifical y cathólica by…
The exhibited pages of this 1586 Lyon edition of the Index librorum expurgatorum lists corrections and deletions to be applied to a ten-volume annotated 1555 edition of St. Augustine's works printed in Paris by Charlotte Guillard. Bridwell Library's…
This Index librorum expurgatorum, a reprint of the first Spanish edition of 1584, was published by Protestants at the French university town of Saumur in an effort to expose the methods of the Catholic censors. It includes a preface by the Protestant…
Erroneous passages in this collection of medieval Canon Law compiled for Pope Boniface VIII were expurgated by gluing blank paper slips over the offending glosses. A Latin inscription added at the beginning of the book c. 1570 states that the text…
This combined edition of the indexes of prohibited and expurgated books is a reprint of Cardinal Antonio de Sotomayor's highly restrictive 1640 edition. It lists numerous prohibited passages in the notes in the 1584 Salamanca edition of the Biblia…
In Bridwell Library’s copy of the 1584 Biblia Sacra compiled by Franciscus Vatablus, note 20 on Psalm 16 was expurgated after the words “deseres animam meam,” and note 22 was deleted entirely. Although these expurgations match those dictated by…
Several chapters in the Legenda aurea (the "Golden Legend") expanded upon biblical narratives in ways that were unacceptable to the Catholic Church. In this Madrid edition, a censor has deleted the apocryphal tale of the two midwives, found nowhere…
In Bridwell Library's copy of the 1785 Venetian edition of St. Alfonso María de Ligorio's work, the passage condemned by the Mexican Inquisition in 1804 has been thoroughly deleted in ink. As the broadside explained, the passage questions the…
Illuminated manuscript with psalms to be recited over the course of a week. There are large gilt initials and an illuminated portrait of King David. This Psalter highlights the quality of manuscript illumination which is conservative. Evidently…
Single leaf from a German blockbook showing an illustration from the Book of Revelation. Woodblock print with hand coloring. Blockbook's lively apocalyptic imagery, derived from earlier manuscripts, provided Dürer’s generation of artists with useful…
Noted for its striking woodcut illustrations, this book recounts a pilgrimage to the Holy Land undertaken in 1483–1484 by Bernhard von Breydenbach, Dean of Mainz Cathedral. Accompanying the pilgrims was Erhard Reuwich, a Dutch artist who provided…
This book has the earliest woodcut associated with Albrecht Dürer, which would have been done when he was an 18 year old apprentice in Michael Wolgemut's workshop.
Dürer’s first verified book illustration, a woodcut of St. Jerome removing a thorn from a lion’s paw, was published in Basel by Nicolaus Kesler in 1492. Dürer’s composition exerted considerable influence on frontispiece illustration in the region.…
The immediate impact of Dürer’s St. Jerome frontispiece of 1492 is evident in this woodcut of St. Ambrose, printed in Basel later the same year. Similar to the St. Jerome in conception but less sophisticated in its placement of objects on the floor,…
Dürer published the Apocalypse, a book with fifteen full–page illustrations, in German and Latin editions of the biblical text in 1498. With these prints Dürer transformed the “popular” woodcut craft into an art form of immense descriptive and…
The dynamic power of Dürer’s woodcut technique is evident in this print from the Apocalypse series. The woodcut depicts the sounding of the sixth angel’s trumpet, which released a plague of armed horsemen and four avenging angels from the Euphrates…
In this woodcut from the Apocalypse series, Dürer illustrated the beginning of Revelation chapter 14 along with several elements described in earlier chapters of the biblical account.
St Bridget's account of her experiences of "celestial revelations" of Christ's life, the Last Judgment, her own "mystical marriage" to Christ, and divine instructions to found the Brigittine Order. Although the 29 woodcut illustrations for this…
Dürer designed two woodcuts for this first edition of the Latin plays of Hrotsvitha, a tenth–century Benedictine nun from Gandersheim. The two woodcuts by Dürer are the frontispiece, showing Celtes presenting the new edition to Friedrich III of…
Dürer’s closest friend, Wilibald Pirckheimer (1470–1530), was Nuremberg’s leading humanist scholar. As a favor to Pirckheimer, Dürer designed the armorial bookplate that the scholar pasted into his books, including this copy of a popular…
As another favor to his friend Wilibald Pirckheimer, who edited this work by the ancient Greek historian Plutarch, Der designed this handsome title-page border. Surrounding Pirckheimers coat-of-arms in the lower margin, the trumpet-blowing putti, the…
Bridwell Library has one woodcut from Dürer’s “Life of the Virgin,” a book that consisted of twenty illustrations created from 1504 to 1510. This woodcut, the last in the sequence and most likely the last to be produced, depicts the Coronation of the…
Dürer’s Large Passion was issued as a folio–format devotional book. It consisted of a title page depicting the Mocking of Christ and eleven large woodcuts illustrating the narrative of Christ’s Passion as conveyed in Latin verses by Benedictus…