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Department of Early Printed Books

ST16 - Short-Title Catalogue of Books printed in the 16th Century in the Collection of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz


Until 2008 16th-century books – regardless of language or place of publication – were recorded in a special database, which by then contained more than 29,000 records: French imprints (more than 7,000 works) had been catalogued completely, and about half of the library’s Italian imprints (about 3,000 works) had also been processed. The ST16 especially focused on the copy specific features of the books recorded, including the description of bindings, illustrations and ornaments, provenance information etc. To this end the ST16-database ran in an allegro-C environment especially adapted to the needs of the project.

In 2009 the ST16-records were migrated to the Gemeinsamer Verbundkatalog GVK and were, whenever necessary, merged with the national bibliographic data of the VD16. The project’s approach of profound copy specific cataloguing is being continued effectively in the new environment of the GVK, which offers far-reaching opportunities in this context, e.g. a cooperative form of provenance description. A special user interface which offers specific retrieval options for the library’s 16th-century imprints is available under SBB16.