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Projects

Union Catalogue of Books Printed in the German Speaking Territories in the 18th Century (VD 18)

  • VD18-2" Lo 6363 : R

    Kupferstich: Von den Finken - VD18 11976691: Vorstellung der Vögel Deutschlandes und beyläufig auch einiger Fremden; nach ihren Eigenschaften beschrieben von Johann Leonhard Frisch Rector des Gymnasii zum grauen Kloster in Berlin… in Kupfer gebracht, und… dargestellt von Ferdinand Helfreich Frisch... – Berlin 1763 (Signatur: 2" Lo 6363 : R)

     

  • VD18-Yl 6483-5in

    Titelvignette aus einem Sammelband mit Neujahrswünschen - VD18 10030565: Beglückt geprieß'ne Noris nimm beym Wechsel Neuer-Jahres-Zeit den wohlgemeynten Seegens-Wunsch aus Ehrfurcht, Pflicht und Schuldigkeit / von Gottlieb Siegmund Wolf - Nürnberg 1770 (Signatur: 5 in: 2" Yl 6483 : R)

     

  • VD18-11R329-1R

    Titelblatt mit Vignette - VD18 90086813: Denkmäler des Schreckens und der Grausamkeit in Begebenheiten aus der französischen Revolution, Teil 1 - Prag 1794 (Signatur: 11 R 329-1 : R)

     

  • VD18-19 ZZ 11132

    Handkolorierte Titelvignette - VD18 10177035: Zschokke, Heinrich: Abällino der grosse Bandit : Trauerspiel in fünf Aufzügen - sine loco 1796 (Signatur: 19 ZZ 11132)

     

  • VD18-50MA46391

    Titelholzschnitt - VD18 10522409: Trilinger, Eli’ezer ben Yosef Yozpa: Sefer mishnat Rabi Eli'ezer ... Franḳfurṭ de-Odra 477 [1717] - In hebräischer Schrift (Signatur: 50 MA 46391)

     

  • VD18-Yf 6653-13in

    Titelblatt einer Gelegenheitsschrift - VD18 11834145: Billige Verantwortung Auf den unbilligen Vorwurf Daß Man allzugut Preussisch gesinnet seye – sine loco 1757 (Signatur: 13 in: Yf 6653 : R)

     

  • VD18-Yf 6756-3-2 in

    Titelvignette - VD18 10032037: Der nach Engelländischer Harpffen, Holländischer Geigen und Teutschem Tact tantzende Frantzmann – sine loco 1704 (Signatur: 2 an: Yf 6756-3 : R)

     


With its support of the VD18-project the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) continues the funding of retrospective national bibliographic cataloguing of German imprints, begun as early as 1969. Three long term projects aim at cataloguing (with certain exceptions) all books printed in the German speaking territories as well as all books published in German - beginning with the 16th century (VD16), followed by the VD17 and finally reaching the 18th century with the VD18.

In comparison to its sister projects the VD18 is distinguished by the fact that apart from being catalogued the books are also digitized. The workload of the VD18 project all in all amounts to more than 600,000 works to be dealt with. At large, these works reflect the century of the Enlightenment, when Germany – in dialogue with its European neighbours – was shaping its national culture. Through the digitization of 18th-century materials on such a large scale an online reservoir is being created that is available throughout the world and offers an excellent basis for the exploration of the German as well as the European history of culture and all its facets.

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin ranks among those libraries with the most extensive and significant holdings of 18th-century books. As its online catalogue shows the library holds more than 280,000 books printed in the 18th century, of which an estimated segment of about 125,000 are of relevance to the VD18. During the pilot phase of the project, 14,000 of them were adequately catalogued and digitized; the data were further enhanced through subject indexing and sub-structural metadata to allow for the proper navigation of the digital copies created. In this way, a first step has been taken to make the sources of the Age of Enlightenment available in digital form. Another 15,000 books are being processed by the State Library in the project’s main stage, which started in 2015. Meanwhile more than 20 libraries all over Germany are contributing to the VD18.

The following six libraries took part in the project’s pilot phase (2009-2012):