Luther's 'Warning to the Printers', Wittenberg (1545)

Source: Württembergische Landesbibliothek Signatur: Bb deutsch 154503 (from the reprint edition of 1545)

Luther's 'Warning to the Printers', Wittenberg (1545), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Martin Luther's 'Warning to the Printers' as part of the preface to his German translation of the Bible

Full title original language:
Biblia: das ist:|| die gantze Heili=||ge Schrifft:|| Deudsch/ Auffs new || zugericht.|| D. Mart. Luth.||

Luther's and the Protestant Reformation's bearing on sixteenth-century printing history and reading culture can hardly be overestimated and Luther's 'Warning' is a core part of the narrative on the history of German copyright.

1 Commentary:

  • Wendland, Henning. 'Martin Luther - seine Buchdrucker und Verleger', in: Wolfenbütteler Schriften zur Geschichte des Buchwesens, 11 (1985), 11-35

  • Volz, Hans. 'Martin Luthers deutsche Bibel' (Berlin und Altenburg: Evangelische Haupt-Bibelgesellschaft, 1978)

Related documents in this database:
1525: Luther's 'Admonition to the Printers'
1534: Privilege of the Elector of Saxony
1503: Aldus Manutius's Warning against the Printers of Lyon

Author: Martin Luther

Publisher: Hans Lufft

Year: 1545

Location: Wittenberg

Language: German

Source: Württembergische Landesbibliothek Signatur: Bb deutsch 154503 (from the reprint edition of 1545)

Persons referred to:
John Frederick I
Lufft, Hans
Luther, Martin
Schramm, Christoph
St Paul the Apostle
Vogel, Bartholomäus

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Bible, the
Reformation, the
divine law
moral obligations
printing, history of
privileges, Saxon
property analogies
public good
religious works
translations, protection of

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