Carl Friedrich Bahrdt Bibliography

Glaubensbekenntniss (Confessions) 1779
In 1773?1774 Bahrdt published a translation of part of the Bible, which was condemned by Imperial decree in 1779.
Ausfhrungen des Plans und Zweks Jesu (Life of Jesus) 1784
šber Pressfreyheit (On Freedom of the Presswork) 1787
The first book-length defence in German of the right to a free press, a right Bahrdt described as a Menschenrecht (?human right").
Das Religionsedikt 1787
Bahrdt was arrested in 1788 for Das Religionsedikt (The Edict of Religion, 1787), a play that satirized the king and his prime minister for a repressive edict. A review essay in the Allgemeine Deutsche Bibliothek of 1793 placed Bahrdt's play first on a list of forty-eight pieces that made up the controversy about the edict. It was reprinted five times in 1789. Bahrdt spent nearly two years in prison during which time he wrote, Handbuch der Moral fr den Brgerstand (Handbook of Morals for the Middle Class, 1789), Geschichte und Tagebuch meines Gef„ngnisses (The Story and Diary of My Imprisonment, 1790), and his autobiography, Geschichte meines Leben (1791).
Handbuch der Moral fr den Brgerstand (Handbook of Morals for the Middle Class) 1789
Written while Bahrdt served time in prison.
Geschichte und Tagebuch meines Gef„ngnisses (The Story and Diary of My Imprisonment) 1790
Written while Bahrdt spend time in prison.
Geschichte meines Leben 1791
Bahrdt's autobiography, written while he served time in prison.
Rechte und Obliegenheiten der Regenten und Unterthanen (Rights and Obligations of Princes and Subjects) 1792
An early attempt to defend the concept of human rights.