Censoring books and images, warning the public against forbidden materials, and enforcing bans through search and seizure took up a great deal of inquisitors' energies in the early modern period. Further discussion of sources relating to inquisitorial censorship, such as the indices of banned books, edicts of the various tribunals, and broadsides intended for posting in public places, can be found in the essay.
Conflicts over the written word and the graven image predate the rise of Christianity, and efforts to suppress allegedly heterodox or otherwise objectionable works can be found in any number of societies throughout human history. In premodern Europe, however, such materials were extremely rare and expensive, individually produced by hand [Read the complete essay]
Quiroga, Gasparis a [Gaspar de] Index et Catalogus Librorum... Madriti [Madrid]: 1583-1584. Inquisition 44
Spanish and Latin. Two volumes bound together. Some mispagination in second work. Second work contains alphabetical index at end, followed on last page by manuscript addition (dated 1600) of more books to be expurgated.
Sotomayor, Antonio de "Fray Antonio de Sotom... Madrid: 1634. Inquisition 227
Spanish. Edict banning books, especially those hostile to religious Orders such as the Jesuits. Contains manuscript summary on verso, notaries' marks at bottom. Cf. INQ225, INQ327 and INQ555, issued on the same day; also INQ264 and INQ276.
"Nos los Inquisidores ... En la Sala de nuestra Audiencia del Santo Oficio de la Inquisicion de Toledo: 1677. Inquisition 248
Spanish. Ban on a false 1667 edition of the Index librorum prohibitorum, and a Hebrew text printed at Venice. Contains signatures and wax seal.
Quintano Bonifaz, Manuel "Don Quintano Bonifaz,... Madrid: 1758. Inquisition 360
Spanish. Edict removing a ban on Henry Noris' "Historia Pelagiana", which was included in the 1747 Spanish Index despite papal opposition. Texts relating to the debate over Noris' work and its suppression are now banned. Cf. INQ278, 349, 359.