Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Officina Salviana, Rome (Italy) — 1559

Index Librorum Prohibitorum

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Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Throughout the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church banned or attempted to ban books numerous times, but heretical and otherwise unacceptable works proliferated with the invention of the printing press, spurring the Church to greater action. The Index Librorum Prohibitorum or "List of Prohibited Books" was a body of literature that the average Catholic was forbidden from reading. Only clerics and intellectuals who were capable of interpreting these texts without being corrupted by them were officially sanctioned to study them. First issued in 1557 at the behest of Pope Paul IV, by 1559 the list included thousands of titles and new editions continued to be issued until 1948. These texts included theologically, culturally, or politically disruptive books from authors including Johannes Kepler and Immanuel Kant. It was finally abolished on June 14th, 1966 by Pope Paul VI.

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Alternative Titles
Pauline Index
Origin
Italy
Date
1559
Language
Content
List of authors and books classified as heretical

Available facsimile editions:
Limited Edition: 600 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Index Librorum Prohibitorum. 1559.

Limited Edition: 600 copies
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding. 300 of the 600 copies of this facsimile edition were given to members of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries at the Houghton Library on June 26, 1980. The 300 other copies were printed for sale.
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