Book of rituals and ceremonies

In order to prevent that texts contrary to Catholic doctrine are published, 12th century Synods introduced the office of censorship (inquisition). State censorship came to exist in the Habsburg Monarchy in the late 18th century and its task, among others, was to censor books printed in Hebrew. The first state censor was Carolus (Karl) Fischer, a highly educated Christian who held his office in Prague between 1791 and 1831. Important scientific works were published during his time. Among other languages, he was also proficient in Hebrew. One of these works was that of Rabbi Moses Münz of Buda on Jewish rituals and ceremonies published by the famous Landau press in Prague. The Latin and Hebrew notes on the print permit, dated 12 April 1827, attest to the endorsement by Carolus Fischer.