Oeuvres du Philosophe de Sans-Souci, 1760

Pirated edition of Å’uvres du Philosophe de Sans-Souci, 2 vols, 1760

Oeuvres du Philosophe de Sans-Souci

Frederick’s literary works were subject to a continuous battle between his endeavours to control their dissemination and the commercial interests of publishers who exploited the fact that printing restrictions were limited to the ruler’s sphere of political influence. Frederick had published a collection of poems for a highly select circle in 1752 with the title Œuvres du Philosophe de Sans-Souci. Pirated copies such as the exhibited volume suddenly appeared in great number in 1760. The free-thinking ideas expressed in the poems of the royal author caused an international sensation, and the work was placed on the Papal Index.

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