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The Verlag Harri Deutsch (VHD, HD) with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as well as in Zürich and Thun, Switzerland, was a German publishing house founded in 1961 and closed in 2013.

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OverviewEdit

The Verlag Harri Deutsch with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, was a German publishing house founded in 1961[nb 1] as a spin-off of the scientific bookstore Fachbuchhandlung Harri Deutsch (FHD), which had existed for about a decade earlier.[1] Both were situated near Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Between 1963[nb 2] and about 1979 the publisher also had an office in Zürich. Around 1974 another dependence was opened in Thun.[nb 3]

The company's activities focussed mostly on textbooks and encyclopedic works in the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry and other sciences and technologies, in the first three decades in particular titles licensed from publishers of the former Eastern Bloc[2][3][4] including the East-German publishers Edition Leipzig (de), BSB B. G. Teubner Verlagsgesellschaft (de),[5][6] Akademie Verlag, VEB Bibliographisches Institut (de), VEB Verlag Enzyklopädie (de), VEB Fachbuchverlag Leipzig (de), VEB Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften, VEB Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft (de) (AV), the Russian publisher Nauka (Наука) and others. The publications, some of which came in colored plastic soft covers, were popular also for their often very affordable prices.

In 1997, Martin Kegel took over the active management of the company. After the death of the founder Harri Deutsch[nb 4] in 2000, the Swiss dependence Verlag Harri Deutsch AG went into liquidation on 2000-10-26[7] and was dissolved on 2002-08-22.[7] The German Harri Deutsch GmbH[8][nb 3] was reorganized into the Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Harri Deutsch GmbH on 2001-01-19 under Kegel's lead.[9] With no successor in sight it stopped its business activities on 2013-05-31[9][10] in order to prepare for Kegel's retirement later that year.[11][12] Selected stock and publishing rights were transferred to the German publisher Europa-Lehrmittel (de).[13][14]

In a parallel development, the bookstore was sold off to the Heymanns group, Cologne, on 2001-01-01[15] as Buchhandlung Harri Deutsch GmbH,[15][16] which went into insolvency[17] and was taken over by Fachbuch Mediasales GmbH & Co. KG in Gladenbach in 2004.[18][19] When this became insolvent as well in 2006,[20] the bookstore was refounded by Kegel as Wissenschaftliche Verlagsbuchhandlung Harri Deutsch GmbH on 2007-03-08 until it was finally closed on 2013-08-22.[11][21]

Selected publicationsEdit

One of the publisher's bestsellers was Taschenbuch der Mathematik (A Guide Book to Mathematics, Handbook of Mathematics). Originally this work by the Russians Bronstein and Semendjajew was translated and edited by Viktor and Dorothea Ziegler and Günter Grosche for the East-German publisher BSB B. G. Teubner Verlagsgesellschaft (de).[5][6] Some contingents of the East German print runs were dedicated for Verlag Harri Deutsch who had obtained a license from Teubner for distribution of the title in Western countries.[6][22][nb 5] Following licensing problems resulting from market environmental and legal changes caused by the German reunification, the title was reworked by Gerhard Musiol (de) and Heiner Mühlig now based on the latest non-Teubner influenced Russian edition and independently produced by Verlag Harri Deutsch.

The Taschenbuch der Physik (de) (literally: Pocketbook of physics) by Horst Kuchling was another bestseller licensed from VEB Fachbuchverlag Leipzig (de).

Another highly regarded title, licensed from the East-German VEB Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften, was their German translation Lehrgang der höheren Mathematik of Vladimir Ivanovich Smirnov's seven-volume work Курс высшей математики (A Course in Higher Mathematics).

Licensed from Akademie Verlag was Lehrbuch der theoretischen Physik in ten volumes edited by Gerhard Heber (de) and Paul Ziesche (de). This was a German translation of the renowned textbook Курс теоретической физики by Lev Davidovich Landau and Evgeny Mikhailovich Lifshitz. The title was also available in English as Course of Theoretical Physics.

Harri Deutsch also licensed a series of classical scientific works known as "Ostwalds Klassiker der exakten Wissenschaften (de)" (originally edited by Wilhelm Ostwald) from VEB Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft (de).

Authored by Walter Greiner, the publisher also offered the title Theoretische Physik (Theoretical physics) in thirdteen volumes. Some of these volumes were available in English translations edited by David Allan Bromley and published by Springer-Verlag.

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ Founding date of German Verlag Harri Deutsch: 1961-01-17, GND 2025635-8 and 1065358334. (NB. The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 as well.)
  2. ^ Founding date of Swiss Verlag Harri Deutsch: 1963, GND 106536363X and 1064137555.
  3. ^ a b The Frankfurt am Main-based Harri Deutsch GmbH was founded on 1992-12-18 and formally opened on 1993-05-03. It was reorganized into the Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Harri Deutsch GmbH on 2001-01-19. The Thun-based Harri Deutsch AG opened on 1993-07-06 and was liquidated since 2000-10-26. It was dissolved on 2002-08-22.
  4. ^ Harri Deutsch (1922–2000), GND 136886469.
  5. ^ According to DNB-IDN 572534310 and 572534353 the distribution license for Verlag Harri Deutsch for this title was for the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) including Berlin, as well as for Switzerland, but not for Austria and other German-speaking regions. According to Hans-Joachim Girlich, Edition Leipzig (de) was responsible for distribution to Austria.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Buchhandlung Harri Deutsch Hauptseite" [Buchhandlung Harri Deutsch main page] (in German). 2000. Archived from the original on 2000-01-19. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 50 Jahre Kompetenz im Fachbuchhandel mit Ladengeschäften an der Universität – Führend in Frankfurt und der Region Rhein-Main – Bereits seit 1995 mit einem Shop im Internet. 
  2. ^ Rumland, Marie-Kristin (1993) [1992]. Veränderungen im Verlagswesen und Buchhandel der ehemaligen DDR 1989–1991 [Changes in the publishing and bookselling business of the former GDR 1989–1991]. Deutsches Bucharchiv München (Thesis). Buchwissenschaftliche Beiträge aus dem Deutschen Bucharchiv München (in German). 44. Foreword by Swierk, Alfred G. (1 ed.). Wiesbaden, Germany: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN 3-447-03419-X. ISSN 0724-7001. OCLC 30837656. ISBN 978-3-447-03419-7. DNB-IDN 931326907. Retrieved 2016-03-28.  (NB. This book is based on the author's magister thesis (OCLC 758411591) at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1992. According to Christoph Links this work contains a number of factual errors.)
  3. ^ Reich, Regine (1997-06-08) [1996]. Zur Konkurrenzfähigkeit ostdeutscher Buchverlage auf dem gesamtdeutschen Markt: Eine Untersuchung der Verlage Aufbau, Reclam Leipzig und Fachbuchverlag [On the competitiveness of East-German book publishing houses on the total German market: Research on publishing houses Aufbau, Reclam Leipzig and Fachbuchverlag] (Thesis) (in German) (1 ed.). diplom.de (de) (Diplomica Verlag (de)) / Bod Third Party Titles. ISBN 3-8324-0065-6. ISBN 978-3-8324-0065-1 (diplom.de). ISBN 3-8386-0065-7 / ISBN 978-3-8386-0065-9 (Bod Third Party Titles). DNB-IDN 1051604672. Retrieved 2016-03-31.  [1] (NB. This book is based on the author's magister thesis at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg in 1996.)
  4. ^ a b Ziegler, Dorothea (2002-02-21). "Der "Bronstein"". Archiv der Stiftung Benedictus Gotthelf Teubner (de), Leipzig (in German). Frauwalde, Germany. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  5. ^ a b c Weiß, Jürgen (2002-03-21). "Teubner-Einzeltitel" [Individual Teubner titles] (in German). Leipzig, Germany: Edition am Gutenbergplatz Leipzig (EAGLE). Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Verlag Harri Deutsch AG". moneyhouse – Commercial Register and Business Information. 2002-08-22. CH-092.3.008.240-7. Archived from the original on 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  7. ^ "Harri Deutsch GmbH". moneyhouse – Handelsregister. 1993-05-03. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  8. ^ a b "Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Harri Deutsch GmbH". moneyhouse – Handelsregister. 2013-08-21. Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main, HRB 36747. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  9. ^ "Verlag Harri Deutsch gibt aktives Verlagsgeschäft auf / Europa Lehrmittel übernimmt" [Verlag Harri Deutsch stops active publishing business / Europa Lehrmittel takes over]. BuchMarkt (de) (in German). BuchMarkt Verlag K. Werner GmbH. 2013-05-17. Archived from the original on 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  10. ^ a b "Martin Kegel verabschiedet sich in Ruhestand" [Martin Kegel retires]. BuchMarkt (de) (in German). BuchMarkt Verlag K. Werner GmbH. 2013-09-16. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  11. ^ "Harri Deutsch-Geschäftsführer Martin Kegel tritt in Ruhestand – "Ich arbeitete in einer unvergleichlichen Branche"" [Harri Deutsch manager Martin Kegel retires]. Börsenblatt (de) (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (de). 2013-09-07. Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  12. ^ "Harri Deutsch Verlag beendet Verlagsgeschäft – Europa-Lehrmittel übernimmt Verlagsrechte" [Verlag Harri Deutsch stops publishing activities – Europa-Lehrmittel takes over publishing rights]. Börsenblatt (de) (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (de). 2013-05-21. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  13. ^ "Fachwissen für die Hochschule – Gesamtverzeichnis – Edition Harri Deutsch – Mathematik, Physik, Chemie, Biologie, Technik Sachbuch" (PDF) (Catalog) (in German). Europa-Lehrmittel (de). 2015-04-30. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-27. 
  14. ^ a b "Verlag Harri Deutsch nicht von Insolvenz der namensgleichen Buchhandlung betroffen" [Verlag Harri Deutsch not affected by insolvency of bookstore with same name]. BuchMarkt (de) (in German). BuchMarkt Verlag K. Werner GmbH. 2004-08-30. Archived from the original on 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  15. ^ "Buchhandlung Harri Deutsch GmbH". moneyhouse – Handelsregister. 2010-10-18. Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main, HRB 51335. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  16. ^ "Vier Heymanns-Filialen gehen in die Insolvenz – Übernahmegespräche mit Interessenten gescheitert" [Four Heymanns stores will go into insolvency – Take-over discussions were unsuccessful]. BuchMarkt (de) (in German). BuchMarkt Verlag K. Werner GmbH. 2004-08-27. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  17. ^ "Fachbuch Mediasales übernimmt die Universitätsbuchhandlungen Harri Deutsch und Bockenheimer Bücherwarte" [Fachbuch Mediasales takes over university bookstores Harri Deutsch and Bockenheimer Bücherwarte]. BuchMarkt (de) (in German). BuchMarkt Verlag K. Werner GmbH. 2004-10-07. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  18. ^ "Drei Fragen an: Georg Naujoks, Geschäftsführer der Firma Mediasales Fachbuch, die gerade drei Buchhandlungen aus der ehemaligen Heymanns-Gruppe übernommen hat" [Three questions for Georg Naujoks, managing director of Mediasales Fachbuch, who recently took over three bookstores from the former Heymanns group]. BuchMarkt (de) (in German). BuchMarkt Verlag K. Werner GmbH. 2004-10-18. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  19. ^ Köhler, Manfred (2006-05-30). "Eine Schließung nach der anderen – Gleich drei traditionelle Buchhandlungen in Frankfurt müssen ihr Geschäft aufgeben. Unterdessen sind die großen Handelsketten weiter auf Expansionskurs" [A series of closures – Three traditional bookstores in Frankfurt are forced to close their business while large chain stores continue to expand]. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) Rhein-Main (in German). Archived from the original on 2016-03-28. 
  20. ^ "Wissenschaftliche Verlagsbuchhandlung Harri Deutsch GmbH". moneyhouse – Handelsregister. 2016-01-29. Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main, HRB 79345. Archived from the original on 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  21. ^ Girlich, Hans-Joachim (March 2014). "Von Pascals Repertorium zum Springer-Taschenbuch der Mathematik – über eine mathematische Bestsellerserie" [From Pascal's finding aid to Springer's pocketbook of mathematics – about a bestseller series in mathematics] (PDF) (in German) (preprint ed.). Leipzig, Germany: University of Leipzig, Mathematisches Institut. DNB-IDN 1052022731. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 

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