Throughout the history of Christianity, various ecclesiastical authorities have argued that their jurisdiction over the censorship of books has a scriptural basis. To that end, the Index librorum prohibitorum published by the Catholic Church in 1758 features an engraved frontispiece that illustrates the Biblical account in the Acts of the Apostles 19:18-19.
BRA0050. Benedict XIV (b. 1675, Pope 1740–1758). Index librorum prohibitorum. Ssm̃i. D. N. Benedicti XIV. pontificis maximi iussu recognitus, atque editus. Rome: Ex typographia reverendae camerae apostolicae, 1758.
Bibliography with engraving illustrations
Benedict XIV and Ricchini, Tommaso Agostino, 1675–1762., “BRA0050,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed December 4, 2022, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1947.