Biblioteca Universale Sacro-Profana

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The Biblioteca universale sacro-profana (1701–07) is an unfinished encyclopedia from the early 18th century, published in Italian by the Franciscan friar Vincenzo Coronelli.[1][2]

It was one of the first universal encyclopedias in a European vernacular language with entries arranged alphabetically. It was planned to contain 45 volumes, but only 7 volumes appeared, reaching the letter C.[3]

The Biblioteca universale is a bibliophilic rarity today. Few European libraries have the complete set of volumes. Exceptionally, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, in Paris, has a complete set.[4]


  1. ^ Ebert, Friedrich Adolf (1837). A General Bibliographical Dictionary. University Press. p. 393. 
  2. ^ Robert Collison: Encyclopaedias: Their History Throughout the Ages. 2nd ed. New York & London 1966
  3. ^ James L. Fuchs, "Nationality and Knowledge in 18th-century Italy," Studies in 18th-century Culture 21 (1991): 207-18.
  4. ^ Biblioteca universale sacro-profana, antico-moderna, in cui si spiega con ordine alfabetico ogni voce, anco straniera, che puo avere significato nel nostro idioma italiano, appartenente A' Qualunque materia. Tomo primo [-Tomo VII] autore fra Vincenzo Coronelli. In Venezia, M. D. CCI. A' Spese di Antonio Tivani. Con licenza de' superiori, e privilegio dell' eccellentiss. Senato. Description matérielle: 7 vol.; in-fol. Le Tome VI avec l'adresse suivante: "In Venezia M. D. CCVI. A spese dell' Accademia degli Argonauti, Stampato da Gio: Batista Tramontin, a san Rocco", et le Tome VII sans date, ni adresse