Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing, Vienna (1785)

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Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing, Vienna (1785), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Full title:
Joseph II of Habsburg's Statutes on Censorship and Printing for the Habsburg Lands as published in the 'Compendium of all Statutes and Provisions for the Royal and Imperial Hereditary Lands Enacted under the Government of Emperor Joseph II'

Full title original language:
'Gesetze über das Zensur= und Duckereifach' in 'Handbuch aller unter der Regierung des Kaisers Joseph des II. für die K.K. Erbländer ergangenen Verordnungen und Gesetze'

The commentary focusses on the coincidence of the coronation ceremony of Joseph II and the retreat of the Leipzig publishers from the Frankfurt book fair in 1764; and also considers an allegorical engraving entitled 'Works of Darkness', which serves to illustrate the conflict between Austrian and North German publishers.

1 Commentary:

  • Wittmann, Reinhold, 'Geschichte des Deutschen Buchhandels' (Munich: Beck, 1991)

  • Kapp, Friedrich, 'Geschichte des Deutschen Buchhandels bis in das siebzehnte Jahrhundert' (Leipzig: Verlag des Börsenvereins der Deutschen Buchhändler, 1886)

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1788: On literature and the book trade in Austria

Author: Joseph II of Habsburg

Publisher: Johann Georg Moesle

Year: 1785

Location: Vienna

Language: German

Source: Private Collection

Persons referred to:
Arndt, Johann
Joseph II
Tirsch, Leopold
Trattner, Johann Thomas von

Places referred to:
Cracow (Krakow)
Sorau (Zari, in Poland)
Teschen (Cieszyn, in Poland)

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Central Book Censorship Commission (Vienna)
Teschen Consistory of the Augsburg Confession

Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing 1781
Austrian decree of 1775 penalising the reprinting of Austrian-published books
Teschen, Peace Treaty of (13 May 1779)

Bible, the
Enlightenment, the
Reformation, the
anonymous works
barter trade
book fairs
book trade
censorship, pre-publication
excluded subject matter
foreign reprints
free trade
immoral works
licensing, Approbation
licensing, Imprimatur
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
privileges, printing
public good
religious works
scholarly writing

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