Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis: 1948, 1961) (Imprimatur: Fr. Alfonsus C. De Romanis, Ep. Porphyreonen, Vic. Gen. Civitatis Vaticanae). The index, which lasted from 1559 to 1966, includes in its long list of writers such names as Balzac, Cervantes, De Beauvoir, De Unamuno, Descartes, Gide, Hugo, Kazantzakis, Moravia, Pascal, Sartre, and Stendhal. It is a definitive work not only of those works which believers must not read but also of those writers who achieved the distinction of being prohibited. Of the 508 pages of authors and books prohibited, only a sampling is included herein. For example:
- Abauzit, Firmin. v. Réflexious impartiales sur les évangiles.
- Abbadie, Jacques. Traité de la vérité de la religion chrétienne. Decr. 5 iul, 1695.
- _____ Traité de la divinité de notre seigneur Jésus-Christ. Decr. 15 maii 1702. Abominationes papatus, seu invicta demonstratio papam romanum esse no Domini 1666, excuso Londini 1665, Decr. 22 sept. 1692. v. Romae ruina finalis.
- Acton, Lord. Zur Geschichte des vaticanischen Concils. Decr. S. Off, 20 sept. 1871
Browsers, even those who are polyglots, will find few works and names which they will recognize in the volume’s 508 mausoleum-like pages. For example, twenty-seven works by Ioannes Launoius (Launoy) were banned from 1662 to 1704, including such off-putting titles as Véritable tradition de l’Église sur la prédestination et la grâce and Explicata ecclesiae traditio circa canonem “Omnis utriusque sexus.”