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The Impact Of Censorship: The Index Librorum Expurgatorum And Other Indices

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This chapter focuses on the attempts of inquisitors throughout Europe to put the De Bry collection on the Index after the volumes had appeared, as well as the endeavours of the De Bry family to avoid provoking the officials responsible for the various inventories of prohibited books. For Sandoval?s Index of 1612, the De Bry collection was read by someone with a great eye for detail. Although the members of the committee that composed the Index are known it is unclear who exactly was responsible for the censorship of the De Bry volumes. Several copies of De Bry volumes survive with sentences and paragraphs crossed out according to the directives of Sandoval?s Index of 1612. The handwritten statements confirm that the proposed excisions were carried out. The authorisation was signed by Francisco de Jesus y Xodar, the Carmelite friar who headed the commission responsible for the Spanish Index Librorum Expurgatorum.

Keywords: censorship; De Bry collection; Europe; Francisco de Jesus y Xodar; Index Librorum Expurgatorum; Sandoval?s Index



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