The Catholic Encyclopedia
Charles G. Herbermann et alia
This set includes volumes 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 15 and the index, a total of nine leather-bound books of about 1,000 pages per volume.
The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church (aka The Old Catholic Encyclopedia or The Original Catholic Encyclopedia) was published in the USA, designed to serve the Roman Catholic Church. The first volume appeared in 3/1907 and the last three volumes appeared in 1912, followed by a master index volume in 1914 and later supplementary volumes. It was designed “to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine”. It was published by the Robert Appleton Company, incorporated at New York in 2/1905 for the express purpose of publishing the encyclopedia. The five members of the encyclopedia’s Editorial Board also served as the directors of the company. In 1912 the company’s name was changed to The Encyclopedia Press. Publication of the encyclopedia’s volumes was the sole business conducted by the company during the project’s lifetime.