When I think of banned books, the last title that usually comes to mind is the Bible. Nonetheless, Willem Vorsterman’s 1528 Bible, printed in Dutch, was banned by an edict of Emperor Charles V in June of 1546.

Despite obtaining a privilege to print from both the city of Antwerp and the Holy Roman Emperor, as well as consent from the local inquisitor, the vernacular Bible’s success and popularity with Protestants led to its eventual ban.

Complete copies are rare; Goucher’s has all but the final leaf.

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