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Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498).
Prediche de fra Hieronymo
sopra Amos propheta
Venice: Cesare Arrivabene, 1528.

The title page of this edition of Savonarola’s Lenten sermons on the prophecies of Amos bears a woodcut depicting the author’s public execution. While the assembled men and women look to his empty pulpit, the martyr, engulfed in flames, holds aloft a scroll that reads “Verbum Dei non est alligatum” (“the word of God is not bound”). Nevertheless, inside this copy, Sermon 12 on Amos 4, was stricken through with brown ink and marked as “prohibita” (“prohibited”).