Conference Proceeding: Place, Space and Time in the Censorship of the Hebrew Book in Italy

In the context of the Counter-Reformation, during the 16th-18th centuries, the Catholic Church closely supervised written and printed literature. The books of a controversial nature were expurgated and when the expurgation of a book was completed, the censor wrote a short approval note. Proof of the activity of the various censors can be found in a large number of manuscripts and printed works which have survived until the present day. We can find a lot of information on censored manuscripts in the catalogue of the Department of Manuscripts and the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts in the National Library of Israel (IMHM) that contain information about almost 2,500 censored manuscripts. The availability of a relatively large censorship database on the one hand, and the ability to apply to it modern analysis and visual techniques, on the other hand, can lead us to discover new insights into censorship activity over the years.