VD 17

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Title holdings of VD 16 and VD 17. The Thirty Years War (1618–48) led to a slump in German book production.
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The directory of the prints of the 17th century ( VD 17 for short ) published in the German-speaking area is a bibliographic database that represents a retrospective national bibliography for the years 1601 to 1700. Comparable bibliographies for the previous and the following century are available with VD 16 and VD 18 .


The database, funded by the German Research Foundation, started on July 1, 1996. Ten to twelve years were estimated for the duration of the project. All German-language titles and all works printed and published in the historical German-speaking area (regardless of their language) are recorded in the database . Musica practica and tickets are not included. The cataloging of the prints takes place after autopsy of the originals. In addition, the catalog contains digital facsimiles of certain key pages for the information of the user and for the determination of the various editions of a work . There are also numerous complete digital copies.

The database currently (December 2012) contains around 282,500 titles with 696,000 copies. These are linked to almost 750,000 key pages. Key pages are usually

The VD17 may only list half of the relevant prints from the 17th century.

Cooperation partner

Cooperation partners of VD 17 are:

Numerous other large libraries with important old holdings have their titles in the VD-17 database, including the University Library Augsburg , the library of the Philosophical-Theological University Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt am Main, the Thuringian University and State Library Jena and the State Library in Regensburg .

The VD 17 is integrated in various scientific specialist portals and can be reached via the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK), the database is on a server at the Joint Library Network (GBV).

See also


  • Claudia Fabian [Hrsg.]: VD 17. The directory of the prints of the 17th century that appeared in the German-speaking area. International symposium in Munich on October 27th and 28th, 2009 . Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010. ISBN 3447063858 .

Web links

Commons : VD 17  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: 17th Century Pamphlets  - Sources and Full Texts

Individual evidence

  1. VD17 23: 687887A. vd17.de, accessed on October 7, 2011 .
  2. vd17.de , accessed on October 21, 2013
  3. Jürgen Beyer: How complete are the German national bibliographies for the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (VD 16 and VD 17)? In: Malcolm Walsby, Graeme Kemp (eds.): The book triumphant. Print in transition in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (= Library of the written word. Vol. 15 = The handpress world. Vol. 9). Brill, Leiden / Boston 2011, ISBN 978-90-04-20723-3 , pp. 57-77.