The research group aims to build upon UCLA’s digital resource devoted to the book by contributing to the construction of a new state-of-the-art digital research site devoted to the book and its images.

The book, published in nine volumes between 1723 and 1743 and then re-issued in multiple translations and editions over the next hundred years, was a blockbuster bestseller. Based around a lavish set of illustrations made by Bernard Picart, a leading European engraver, the book describes the world’s religions as understood by Europeans at the time.

Through its text and images, the CCR contributed to the emerging Enlightenment understanding of universal civilization and history and the place of religion within it. In addition to our work of identifying all physical and digital copies of the CCR in libraries, museums, and archives, we have conducted preliminary work on how to perform accurate optical character recognition (OCR) on volumes of the CCR that we locate.  

What we know


Instructions on how to navigate our database.

What we don't know

We’re systematically gathering information on the unique characteristics of copies and editions of the CCR. Want to help? Tell us about your copy of the CCR via our survey [link to survey].

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Do you know of a copy of the CCR that does not appear on our list? Do you know of an uncatalogued or privately held copy of the CCR?

Let us know about it. 

Distinctive Features Survey

As a compilation, the CCR was expansive and often bound with other material.

Photographs of CCR

Protocol for Submissions

We are creating a digital archive of IIIF-compatible images to allow high quality open access for scholars of any discipline. If you have access to a copy of the CCR and would like to contribute images of it for use by scholars, contact us [email link].

Our CCR Stories

We are fostering research collaborations between scholars studying the CCR. Connect with other scholars and read about their research here. 

The CCR Portal

The CCR Portal is a prototype digital portal for accessible, collaborative research on the CCRIt is based on software developed by Project Mirador, an open-source, community-based software that is able to draw upon digital copies of the CCR housed in libraries and archives located in all corners of the globe. Click the image to the left to be taken to the prototype CCR Portal.


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