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The anonymous Lyon edition of the "Dance of Death," the first to be illustrated with woodcuts designed by Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1498–1543), was banned by the Faculty of Theology in 1551 because it parodied the morals of the clergy and all…
The 1546 French Bible translated by Pierre Robert Olivétan and revised by Jean Calvin was listed in the Sorbonne's catalogue of censured books in 1551. This copy is a rare variant issued for surreptitious circulation in France. Its title page omits…
In 1546 the Faculty of Theology at the Sorbonne condemned this edition of the Bible, declaring that it was "scattered with things that are erroneous, conducive to scandals, favoring Lutherans, and breathing heresies long ago condemned." Zurich…
In 1552, in an unprecedented action by a printer, Estienne published this response to the Sorbonne's condemnations, offering an introductory account of his two decades of conflict with the Parisian censors and a point-for-point defense of his Bible.…
In the first edition of the official decrees of the Council of Trent the necessity of an organized approach to censorship was clearly stated in the summary of the eighteenth Tridentine session.
A direct outcome of the Council of Trent, the Index librorum prohibitorum ("Index of Prohibited Books") provided a list of authors and works that were banned by the Catholic Church. The first Tridentine Index prohibited the complete writings of 610…
The Tridentine Index of 1564 presented ten rules that were established by the Council of Trent to control the censorship of texts. In the Index librorum prohibitorum that accompanies this 1664 edition of the Council's decrees, the ten rules were…
The Council of Trent broke prohibited books into three classes: books by heretical authors, individual prohibited books, and anonymous protected books. They were listed in these three categories until 1664 when books were listed in a single…
For the compilers of the Index librorum prohibitorum, Martin Luther was the most significant heretic of the first class. This book is the only surviving copy of the Dutch translation of Luther's principal work on the Eucharist, Vom Abendmal Christi,…
This prohibited book by Jacob Otther of Speyer was compiled from the unpublished sermons of his controversial teacher, the Catholic preacher Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg (1445–1510). This copy of the book reflects the prohibited status of its author…
Galileo's "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican" remains one of the most significant books in the history of science. Controversy arose over Galileo's proof of the Copernican cosmology, which placed the sun, not…
In later editions of the Index librorum prohibitorum, the three classes were interspersed in one alphabetical sequence, so that heretical authors, prohibited titles, and anonymous works could be more easily found in one sequence. This book has an…
The Onus ecclesie was listed in the Tridentine Index in Class III among the anonymous works though its author is now known to be Berthold Pürstinger. Written in 1519, the work was a daring call for internal reform within the Catholic Church. In the…
This 1570 edition of the Index librorum prohibitorum was augmented for King Phillip II's Netherlandish subjects with the king's edict proclaiming that the authority to censor books emanates from the Crown and that its enforcement will be overseen by…
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,…
King Ferdinand V (1452–1516) invited the Bishop of Coria to write the Luzero de la vida cristiana ("Morning Star of the Christian Life") in order to "expel the darkness of ignorance" from Spain, particularly among Jews and Muslims who had endured…
As the Inquisition could pursue Protestant agitators outside of Spain, the Swiss publisher of this Spanish New Testament concealed his identity by using the pseudonym "Juan Philadelpho" and claiming Venice as the place of publication. The small size…
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.
Eight of the twenty-six sermons on Exodus in this edition (numbered 1-3, 6, 10, 12, 20, and 23) are marked "questa e prohibita" ("this is prohibited").
In Bridwell Library's copy of Savonarola's sermons on the Books of Ruth and Micah, Sermon 7 on the third chapter of Ruth was censored by the removal of twelve leaves (folios 82-93). Only the beginning and the very end of the sermon remain.
The more complete removal of the same prohibited sermon on Ruth in this earlier edition had drastic consequences for the physical book as a whole. When the censor cut out all seven leaves of Sermon 7, he also removed the ending of Sermon 6 and the…
In this copy of Savonarola's sermons on the Book of Ezechiel, the three prohibited sermons in this collection were left undisturbed but a later note states that Sermons 21, 32, and 40 were cited in the Index librorum prohibitorum. The woodcut on the…
A censor tore ten leaves from this collection of Savonarola's sermons, removing the prohibited third sermon entitled "Ecce gladius Domini" ("Behold the Sword of God"), which had alarmed church officials with its apocalyptic warnings. Several other…
In this collection of forty-seven sermons on the Book of Job, a censor marked the beginning of Sermon 14 as "proibita" ("prohibited") in brown ink, and the bottom right corner of the first leaf of the sermon was torn away. It was later repaired, with…
The title page of this edition of Savonarola's Lenten sermons on the prophecies of Amos bears a woodcut depicting the author's public execution. While the assembled men and women look to his empty pulpit, the martyr, engulfed in flames, holds aloft a…