Einige Gedanken über das Censur-Edikt vom 19. December 1788. Johann Friedrich UNGER.

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Einige Gedanken über das Censur-Edikt vom 19. December 1788.

36 pp. Small 8vo, modern boards. Berlin: “Im Verlag der Kōnigl. Preuss. akadem. Kunst- und Buchhandlung,” 1789.

First separate edition, originally published in the same year in the Berlinischen Journal für Aufklärung. This work was written in response to the newly enacted censorship edict, in which King Friedrich Wilhelm II ordered that all publications and other forms of printed material — including illustrations — be submitted to Prussian state censors for approval. Any critical statements of a political or religious nature were officially discouraged. These restrictions remained in force until the 1840s, with the accession of Friedrich Wilhelm IV to the throne.

In this work, Unger (1753-1804), the leading Berlin printer and publisher, protests the new law.

Fine copy. Early signature of “Zimmermann” on title.

❧ Sauter, Visions of the Enlightenment: The Edict on Religion of 1788 and the Politics of the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century Prussia, pp. 95-101.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 6638

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