Hobbes on the 1838 Papal Index

The Papal ‘Index of Prohibited Books’ was a list of books banned by the Vatican for being immoral or theologically wrong.

Below you can see the 1838 edition of the Index, which shows Hobbes’s Leviathan being banned in 1703. Curiously, they’ve banned the Latin translation of 1668, not the original English version of 1650. To cover themselves, a few years later they banned all of his other writings too.

Papal Index 1838Hobbes on Papal Index 1838










Thanks to Professor Dr Winfried Schröder of Marburg University for allowing me to take these pictures.




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  1. Thank you for sharing this old book pictures. I like to drive to Marburg one day by myself…

  2. Ron

     /  January 10, 2017

    Interesting, thank you !


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