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Title: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Maggi Young on December 21, 2013, 12:02:57 PM
Andreas Händel- known on his website as Mr Hepatica (http://www.misterhepatica.de/), announces the publication next year of his hepatica book.  There is an offer to order now and save 6 euros.

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"Dear friends,

seven years of work later and my book of Hepatica is finally done! In spring, just in time with the full bloom of my little darlings, you will be able to find everything worth knowing about Hepatica on 240 pages—currently only in German. And if that wasn't enough, the book is going to contain 95 of Josh Westrich's (http://www.flowercards.de/) finest photo portraits of the most beautiful species. Further 320 photos show a multiplicity of the 250 registered (hardy) species as well as detail screens on propagation and suitable neighboring plants.
All of you, my friends and long-term customers, have the chance to receive the book for the special price of only 62,– €. Why not consider your friends for the perfect Christmas gift or simply treat yourself to something special?
Order now by email (http://www.misterhepatica.de/book/)! The book will be delivered in February/March 2014.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmastime and a good start into a richly and beautifully blossoming year 2014.

Green greetings
–Mister Hepatica–
Andreas Händel  "

Liebe Pflanzenfreunde,

nach 7 Jahren Arbeit ist es geschafft: mein Hepatica-Buch ist endlich fertig! Im kommenden Frühjahr, zur Blütezeit meiner Lieblinge, finden Sie auf 240 Seiten alles, was man über Leberblümchen wissen muss. Dazu gibt es im Großformat 30 x 30 cm 97 Bildtafeln mit herrlichen Portraits der schönsten Sorten, fotografiert von Josh Westrich.
Weitere 320 Fotos zeigen eine Vielzahl der 250 registrierten (winterharten) Sorten sowie Detailfotos zur Vermehrung und geeigneten Nachbarpflanzen.
Allen meinen Stammkunden biete ich das Buch hiermit zum Vorzugspreis von 62,– €* an. Vielleicht auch als Weihnachtsgeschenk für gute Freunde?
Bestellen Sie jetzt per Mail! Lieferung im Februar/März 2014.
Ich wünsche euch/ Ihnen ein ruhiges, friedliches Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Start in ein blütenreiches Jahr 2014!
Grüne Grüße
–Mister Hepatica–
Andreas Händel

Thanks to Hans J. for letting us know of this book.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: shelagh on December 22, 2013, 04:21:36 PM
LOOKS WONDERFUL :D When can we expect an English translation my German only extends to beer or wine ::).
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: angie on December 22, 2013, 05:29:57 PM
LOOKS WONDERFUL :D When can we expect an English translation my German only extends to beer or wine ::).

I am half German and all I can say is hello and goodbye, so Shelagh you would do better than I would.  Should have listened to my mum when she tried to teach me German  ::)

Angie  :)
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Peppa on December 23, 2013, 01:29:07 AM
Good timing! I was actually looking at his site a month ago and wondering if I could see a preview of the inside. I took German when I was in college but I've lost 99 percent of it. :-[
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Anne Repnow on January 02, 2014, 03:03:19 PM
Maybe of interest to Hepatica fans: Andreas Händel published a very nice article on new Hepatica selections and hybrids in the January 2014 issue of Germany's best gardening journal "Gartenpraxis". Apart from a number of beautiful photographs there is a list of new and very special selections of Hepatica which Händel considers to be the most exciting:

Hepatica nobilis var. nobilis (single): 'Blaue Elfe', 'Feuerkäfer', 'Fliederkind', Frühlingslied', 'Giselle', 'Indigo Blue Strain', 'Odette', 'Schneeballschlacht', 'Schneesturm JP', 'Tausendschön'

Hepatica nobilis var. nobilis (filled): 'Anderson's Dream', 'Maria Theresia' (extremely sought after since Christian Kress's mother plants were destroyed by a dredger... :-X), 'Marion', 'Rote Glut JP', 'Schwanensee', 'Sternenglanz', 'Supernova'

Hepatica transsylvanica: 'Blumenstadt Erfurt', 'Düvelsblau JP', 'Harvington Beauty', 'Melanie JP', 'Schwanensee', 'Sternenglanz', 'Supernova'

Hepatica x media: 'Avatar', 'Blaue Stunde', 'Blue Jewel', 'Mondsteinsonate'

Hepatica x euroasiatica: 'Gletscherschnee', 'Prof. Friedrich Hildebrandt', 'Rötgesbütteler Röschen'

Other Hybrids: 'Dark Star' (H. nobilis var. japonica x H. transsylvanica), 'Milstream Merlin' (H. acutiloba x H. transsylvanica), 'Pink Pearl' (H. yamatutai x H. transsylvanica)

including the name of the plant, its origin and a short description. Of course, Händel's own selections are rather prominent - but I think rightly so.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Susann on January 02, 2014, 05:06:49 PM
Mouth watering cover picture! But my German is even less extented than Angies. Will there be a Swedish version :)? If not, I could do with an English version. ARe there any plans about it,  Andreas?
Denmark´s "Mrs Hepatica", Gunhild Paulsen,  is coming to Sweden to give a talk in March, I am really looking forward to it, although she is much into the Japanese ones. Impossible to grow outdoor in my region.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Gunilla on January 02, 2014, 09:55:20 PM
I have ordered a copy. It's ages since I studied German so it will be a struggle to read, but Andreas book was too tempting to resist  :).
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Anne Repnow on January 03, 2014, 10:01:26 AM
Some good news for those of you who don't speak German: Händel's book will appear in English, too! I just talked to Andreas Händel on the phone and he says translation is in progress - John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries will read the proofs. However, it will probably take a couple years. Therefore, he will treat the English Edition as a 2nd edition to the German one and include new information.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Susann on January 03, 2014, 05:17:34 PM
Good news! I have no problem waiting. There are so many other interesting books to read meanwhile. I just ordered one about the high alpine ecology. And 2nd edition, it is even better...
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Natalia on January 23, 2014, 08:05:44 AM
Thanks for the good news - we'll wait!
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Anne Repnow on February 10, 2014, 11:37:39 AM
I received Andreas Händel's Hepatica book by mail today and just spent a couple of enjoyable hours with it. It is very large and doubles as an expert monograph as well as a coffee table book.

Händel's style of writing is very enjoyable as well as deeply informed. It is obvious: Hepaticas are his life and are in his thoughts even in his dreams. The book contains a wealth of information about liverworts, the contents covering chapters about:
- History of Hepatica cultivation (with lots of stories)
- Description
- Species and cultivars
- Cultivation and care
- Good and bad neighbours
- Propagation
- Breeding and breeders
- Diseases and pests
- Botany

The first and the last pages are portraits with large and very beautiful photographs of different cultivars.
Lovers of Japanese Hepaticas might feel that these are insufficiently covered, but then the sheer numbers here probably made it necessary to portray a selection.

My one and only criticism is the lack of legends, so you need to search the text in order to find an explanation.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Peter Maguire on February 10, 2014, 01:11:28 PM
That's made the wait for the english 2nd edition so much harder!

Lovely illustrations, though. Can't vouch for the text. ;)
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Leena on February 10, 2014, 02:35:55 PM
What plants are bad neighbours to Hepatica?
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Anne Repnow on February 10, 2014, 06:24:24 PM
Andreas Händel lists as "bad neighbours":
- Ajuga reptans
- Asperula odorata
- Buglossoides purpurocaerulea
- Convallaria majalis
- Duchesnea indica
- Geranium macorrhizum, G. x magnificum etc.
- Glechoma hederacea
- Hedera helix
- Lamium maculatum etc.
- Pachysandra terminalis
- Vinca minor and V. major
- Waldsteinia geoides (I think he means ternata)

All plants that weave a thick carpet...
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Haemanthus on February 11, 2014, 05:17:09 AM
 :D

I hope my ordered book also arrives soon!

And in one month we have the Hepatica exhibition in Munich, Andreas Händel will also be there  ;D
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Leena on February 11, 2014, 07:16:52 AM
Andreas Händel lists as "bad neighbours":
All plants that weave a thick carpet...

Thank you.
I thought it might have to do with that some plants dislike each other because of some chemicals or such, but I understand how some neighbours might run over the hepaticas. :)
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Mavers on March 11, 2014, 11:13:18 AM
Can't wait for the English version.

I have a German nephew-in-law but it would probably take longer than 2 years to get the text translated...especially as he has no interest in hepaticas. ::)

I have 'Millstream Merlin' in the garden & one by one the fat flower buds are being nipped off.....You wait ALL YEAR and then this happens  >:( >:(

Thankfully a piece broke away a couple of years ago I managed to get it to grow elsewhere in the garden & it has two fat buds showing colour, so here's hoping.............
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Susann on October 14, 2014, 10:17:27 PM
Any news yet about the English version of the book? How long might "two years" be in a translator´s mind? It is just a little more than nine months since we got the good news about an English version...
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Joakim B on November 02, 2018, 11:04:43 AM
Has there been any English version?
It has now gone 4 years
If no plans of English version, is the German version still available?
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Maggi Young on November 02, 2018, 12:06:27 PM
I never knew if  an English version had been produced.  The German version does still seem available  ;
http://www.misterhepatica.de/book/ (http://www.misterhepatica.de/book/)
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Natalia on December 10, 2018, 05:06:21 PM
What a pity that the book is not planned in English!
Unfortunately, I very badly know German ((
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Leena on December 11, 2018, 08:23:06 AM
Also I would buy it right away if it were in English. :)
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Gabriela on December 13, 2018, 08:31:23 PM
Same here - and I'm sure there would be more others customers :)

Even with basic knowledge of German would be very hard to understand. I tried once a book, translating with a dictionary almost every other word; painfully slow and non-enjoyable.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: shelagh on December 14, 2018, 11:14:24 AM
Perhaps if everyone contacted the publisher that might have an effect.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: David Nicholson on December 14, 2018, 01:10:33 PM
See reply 7 earlier in this thread. Do we have a German speaker who would be prepared to contact Herr Handel to see if any progress has been made? Or perhaps if anyone knows John Massey well they might be prepared to contact him and see if he is aware if progress has been made (or hasn’t as the case might be).
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Hannelore on December 14, 2018, 01:22:34 PM
In another field of interest my husband and I make books in German, English and Dutch. The problem is not only the translation but also to find a publisher in England or America. Printing conditions there are extremely different from Germany and even German publishers who sell overseas are not really present in these countries.

If you really wish to have an English version you should first find a publishing company in England or America that can announce interest to the German publisher. Following my experience this is the most promising way.

Best wishes
Hannelore
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: brianw on December 14, 2018, 04:43:45 PM
Has anyone tried to use an online copy of a book; with something like Google translate? If it works it might be easier to persuade the publisher to put a copy online.

My local Chiltern group of the AGS had a recent talk on hepaticas by Samantha Hopes

She worked for John Massey at Ashwood Nurseries for 5 years and is now "www.hopesgardenplants.co.uk"

Very good talk. Recommended if you are interested in breeding etc.

Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Gabriela on December 14, 2018, 09:27:03 PM
Lots of good ideas, maybe someone from England will take initiative.
I don't have connections but I doubt any publishing company in NA would be interested in the deal; not enough potential customers interested in the subject, that's for sure.

Brian - Google translate works for small texts, I imagine it would be a bother to use it for a book. Then, German language has a complicated grammar (in my opinion), I can only imagine the twisted meaning of phrases.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: GordonT on December 14, 2018, 10:29:37 PM
Just a thought... there is one North American publisher that might be a candidate for taking on an English edition.... Timber Press http://www.timberpress.com/ (http://www.timberpress.com/)

I wouldn't know who to contact or how to introduce the subject to them but it might be worth a try.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Jan Jeddeloh on February 04, 2019, 03:45:04 AM
Timber Press is headquartered in Portland where I live.  The editor Tom Fischer has been pretty active in the local Hardy Plant Society where I know some folks, including the office administrator.  I could probably finagle an introduction but I'm not sure how much good that would do without a copy of the Hepatica book.  Since my German is damned poor I don't really want to buy the book.  I guess this is a round about way of saying if someone wants to loan me the book I'd see if I could interest Timber Press in it.  The book would have to be mailed to me and then I'd mail it back (after drooling over the pictures).  At 60 plus Euros you can bet I'd insure it for the return journey.'

It would also be a good idea to make sure the author has not already approached Timber Press.

Anyway if anyone is interested we can talk further.

Jan Jeddeloh, Portland, Oregon, USA
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Carsten on February 05, 2019, 01:48:56 PM
Maybe this can help ... Online ,downloadable  version of  Hepatica book by Andreas Händel

http://www.flowercards.de/pdf/Hepatica%20-%20Leberbluemchen.pdf (http://www.flowercards.de/pdf/Hepatica%20-%20Leberbluemchen.pdf)
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Jan Jeddeloh on February 09, 2019, 09:07:03 PM
Thanks for posting the link to an online copy of the book. It's gorgeous and would be totally worth having if it were in English.  I have a friend I'm going to send the link too. She's gone crazy for hepaticas (and snowdrops).

Someone needs to contact the author (does he speak English?) and find out if an English translation is still in the works.  For all we know it's coming out soon.  Or it could be he couldn't find a publisher in which case we wouldn't want to contact places he's already tried.  Contacting the author is the first step.  Anyone have an in with him?  Can anyone provide an email?  Speaking of places to try has anyone contacted the AGS?  They also publish books and this would be right up their alley.  I am a member but I'd guess in person contact would be more effective.

Koko Koreda lives in the US and has offered to lend me her book to approach Timber Press but I won't be taking her up on her offer until the author and the AGS have been contacted. I think it would be better to show Timber Press an actual copy of the book.

Jan Jeddeloh, Portland, Oregon
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Maggi Young on February 09, 2019, 09:18:03 PM
I have made  various attempts to contact the author, via his website - to no avail.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Jan Jeddeloh on February 09, 2019, 09:40:11 PM
You'd think he'd want his book translated into English.  I'm sure it was a labor of love but still a few bucks or pounds here or there never hurt anything.  I know Koko said she'd tried to contact him and never got a response either. 

Rather frustrating.  The book looks lovely and like it probably has valuable information.

Jan
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Leucogenes on February 10, 2019, 10:33:52 AM
Everyone...I have seen the author on the few plant exchanges in Germany before. Should he meet me again this year, I will address him and describe the general demand for an English version of the book.

Perhaps this can be helpful...

Happy weekend
Thomas
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Maggi Young on February 10, 2019, 12:18:40 PM
Excellent idea, Thomas, thank you!
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: shelagh on February 10, 2019, 02:00:48 PM
I should think half the Forum members would buy it.  It should be a no-brainer for his publisher.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: KK-Ann Arbor on February 10, 2019, 05:26:48 PM
I thought a German Hepatica event coming up in Austria soon.  Maybe Mr. Hepatica appearance?
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Maggi Young on February 10, 2019, 09:06:21 PM
According to his website , Mr  Haendal is expected at  various events listed on this page :
http://www.misterhepatica.de/en/boersen/ (http://www.misterhepatica.de/en/boersen/)
 
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: David Nicholson on February 10, 2019, 09:54:55 PM
The book, as original (ie. printed in German) is offered for sale on Ashwood Nursery’s
Web Site and, as far as I know, no attempt has been made to produce an English version. If my German was substantially better than it is ( mainly non-existent) I would be asking the Author a number of questions viz:

Do you have plans to publish at some time an English version?
Does any legal copyright arrangement on the work rest with you as Author or with a third-party publisher.?
If not would you be interested in other parties preparing an estimated cost of producing an English version on your behalf?
Would you expect to receive a royalty payment from any sales so produced?
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Leucogenes on February 10, 2019, 11:51:26 PM
A little progress for this topic...at the bottom of the website discovered by Maggi is a contact address.

I can highly recommend the following translator...www.deepl.com (http://www.deepl.com)
I don't speak English and therefore I use this program every day to communicate with you...it seems to work...doesn't it? 😊
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Gerdk on February 16, 2019, 06:44:54 PM
Everyone...I have seen the author on the few plant exchanges in Germany before. Should he meet me again this year, I will address him and describe the general demand for an English version of the book.
Perhaps this can be helpful...
Happy weekend
Thomas

Following this advice I asked Andreas Händel today (in Knechtsteden/Galanthus event). He told me that an English version of his book was in progress already. It will take some time until it will be released because he plans to  use 'crowdfunding'.
Sorry - I don't understand the procedure mentioned and there was little time to discuss in detail because Mr. Händel was somewhat busy because
a lot of customers were waiting on his stand.
I guess there will be some information available next time.

Gerd
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: David Nicholson on February 16, 2019, 07:19:29 PM
Many thanks for doing that Gerd, very helpful. "Crowdfunding" is a method of raising funds through various Social Media platforms by advertising that funds are sought, in this case to fund the production of an English version of the book, and people are able to subscribe amounts that they choose. Best explanation I can give and perhaps not a very good one!

Since some of us have nothing to do with Social Media I hope information on what, if anything, is happening, on this matter is fed here so that the
""Unbelievers"" who might wish to contribute are aware.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Hannelore on February 16, 2019, 08:10:46 PM
Since I've taken part in crowdfundings already several times, I can explain a little bit. In the www there are several "crowdfunding platforms" where you can become a member, that costs nothing.  I'm member of Kickstarter (worldwide, mainly America) and Startnext (for the German-speaking area). People who want to collect money via crowdfunding announce their projects there.

So we first should know which platform Andreas Händel is using. I'll see him next sunday in  Mannheim and I'll ask him.

Usually you can choose how much you wish to invest and depose a credit card number or bank account, which is stored safely by the plattform organization (who takes a little fee for its service). The announcer has to define a goal for his request, a certain sum he wishes to reach. Only if this sum is signed, you have to pay (and you're informed by E-Mail). If not, the whole project is gone.

The contributions are in steps and except the lowest you always get a little reward, f.i. a bookmark, a postcard with a related photo or a whole book. Surely the rewards don't have the same worth as your donation - the goal is to collect money, not to sell something.

You can inform yourself on www.kickstarter.con (http://www.kickstarter.con) or any other platform (some are specialized f.i. on sports or arts or . . .)

BW
Hannelore
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Hannelore on February 16, 2019, 08:22:28 PM
Example for crowdfunding here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/prongcroft/the-garden-prong-to-retail?ref=discovery_recommendations_location (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/prongcroft/the-garden-prong-to-retail?ref=discovery_recommendations_location)
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Maggi Young on February 17, 2019, 08:14:35 PM
Thank you, Gerd and  Hannelore!
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Gerdk on February 18, 2019, 09:45:08 AM
You are welcome - I am glad to be of some help.

Gerd
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Hannelore on February 24, 2019, 02:28:11 PM
Unfortunately I didn't meet him. I wrote him an email but got no answer - not surprizing because I get daily email for our shop of people who want to "help" me. So we can't do nothing but wait.

BW
Hannelore
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: David Nicholson on February 24, 2019, 04:00:45 PM
Thanks for trying Hannelore.
Title: Re: Hepatica Book by Andreas Händel
Post by: Jan Jeddeloh on February 28, 2019, 03:19:05 AM
Let's hope the translation gets done soon.  If he sets up a Kickstarter or other form of crowdfunding I hope someone will post a link here.

Jan
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