I would like to get Biblatex to do the following: I want citations in footnotes. When they occur first time, full information (author, title, year and so on) should be shown. When they occur a second time in the paper they should be cited with authorname and shorttitle, and with a reference to the footnote of the first full-citation should be given. So for example:

A favourite work of Thedor W. Adorno is "Dialektik der Aufklärung"¹ which he wrote together with Max Horkheimer. 
Some people say "Negative Dialektik"² is the main oeuvre of Theodor W. Adorno.
But let's discuss "Dialektik der Aufklärung"³ first.  

¹ Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno: Dialektik der Aufklärung. Philosophische Fragmente. 17.th Edition, Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 2009
² Theodor W. Adorno. *Negative Dialektik* Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2003
³ Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno: Dialektik der Aufklärung. (see footnote 1), p. 12

I have already found citestyle verbose-ibid which responds nearly perfect to my needs. The only thing I am still searching is how I get the automatic reference to the footnote with the first citation. Can someone tell me how? Thank you ever so much!

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There is a biblatex standard style that does this: verbose-inote (or verbose-note, if you do not want ibid-capabilities).

If you always want to see the (short) title, we better add the option singletitle=false; if we leave the default singletitle=true, authors with only one work will not have the title printed in further citations.




  O Fortuna\footcite{cicero} velut luna statu variabilis,\footcite{wilde}
  semper crescis aut decrescis;\footcite{cicero} 
  vita detestabilis nunc obdurat et tunc curat ludo mentis
  aciem, egestatem, potestatem dissolvit ut glaciem.\footcite{cicero}


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I see this questions several months after it was posted because I was trying to find an answer to the same problem. A publisher requires exactly this system because they do not want a final bibliography and the reader should know where to locate the complete citation (bizarre systems indeed).

At the moment I am doing this manually:

Kant noticed that so and so%
\footnote{See \cite[\label{}23]{Kant:KRV}}. 
more text here ...
As already noticed%
\footnote{Again by Kant: \cite[(see footnote~\ref{Kant:KRV}), 127]{Kant:KRV}}%
, more text here.

but if there is nothing better around a new macro for this should not difficult to design. Has this issue never been dealt with?

Thanks a lot!

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