Katalog. Der von 1783. bis 1794. in Oesterreich von der hochlöblichen Hofbücherzensurskommission vorbothenene Bücher. Zur Warnung der Herren Leser, Buchhändler, und Buchdrucker.

1 p.l., 203 pp. 8vo, orig. wrappers (some foxing throughout). Freiburg im Breisgau: Zehnder, [1794 or -95].

First edition. Censorship in Austria in the second half of the 18th century was an “on or off” matter. During the reign of the liberal Joseph II (1780-92), censorship was rather relaxed. But during the reigns of Leopold II (1790-92) and Francis II (1792-1835), censorship practices again tightened in reaction to the revolutionary events in France.

This is a list of recently published “forbidden” books, for the most part issued between 1783 to 1794. There were four major groups of forbidden titles: pornographic French “gallant” literature, books advocating superstitious beliefs contrary to the Catholic Church, atheistic or “natural” philosophy considered unacceptably offensive to established religion, and certain political works.

The person overseeing the compilation of this work, Petzek (1745-1804), was chair of canon law at the University of Freiburg and chief of the office of censorship for Austria.

Very good copy and rare. We find no copy in North America. Bookplate of Max von Portheim.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 6652

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