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Letter 1343

Darwin, C. R. to Sowerby, J. C.

8 Jul [1850]

Summary

Has received plates. Gives instructions for scale and arrangement of engravings.

Transcription

Down Farnborough Kent

July 8th

My dear Sir

I am heartily glad to get the arranged Plates, & I trust now you will make some good progress.— I like the arrangement much: do notreduce the figures of any of the species too much for the sake ofcrowding them together, but of course I do not wish to cause uselessexpense for the Society.—f2⟨    ⟩

I think it wd. certainly be better to have, (if convenient) all of S. maximus on one Plate.f3 Please observe I mean now provisionally to treat S. maximus var lineatum, as a distinct species, & it must befigured with that [ … ] (scutum) lately sent to you by Post, butwhich you do not acknowledge. This S. lineatum had better go near to S. hastatum.f4⟨    ⟩

I am particularly glad that you have introduced all the foreignspecies.—

NB.

[HAND POINT UP SYMBOL] Please to get me drawings for (3) Woodcuts done first astheir cutting will otherwise delay my going to Press with the firstsheets: when done please send them here by Post with my roughdrawings.—f5

I thank you much for your progress, & do pray advance as quickly asyou can: I shall be most anxious to see first Proof Plate.—

Your’s sincerely, | C. Darwin

Sotheby’s, New York (17 June 2010)

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Footnotes

f1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. de C. Sowerby, [8] June [1850] (Correspondence vol. 4). A description of this letter was published in Correspondence vol. 4.
f2
Sowerby was preparing the plates for Fossil Cirripedia (1851); he probably sent CD the scheme of plates for the work that he had submitted on 28 June 1850 to the council of the Palaeontographical Society, the publishers of the work (Palaeontographical Society Minute Book, Natural History Museum). The Palaeontographical Society, which employed Sowerby for engraving work, was paying for the plates. CD had asked to see the arrangement of figures on the plates in his letter to J. de C. Sowerby, [8] June [1850] (Correspondence vol. 4).
f3
The figures showing Scalpellum maximum appear on plate 2 of Fossil Cirripedia (1851).
f4
Figures 11 and 12 on plate 2 of Fossil Cirripedia (1851) depict Scalpellum lineatum; figures 11a and 11b show the scutum of Scalpellum lineatum. In Fossil Cirripedia (1851), p. 10, CD stated that the term scutum denoted the most important and persistent of the cirripede valves, and that descriptions of the different valves were especially important in fossil species. Scalpellum hastatum is shown in figures 13a–d on plate 2 of Fossil Cirripedia (1851).
f5
CD probably refers to the three woodcuts showing the nomenclature of the valves of Cirripedia that are in the introduction to Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 9.
f6
The letter is described as complete and four pages long in the dealer’s catalogue, but it is not clear whether the above transcription is complete, apart from the marked ellipsis. The transcription was made from an image of the first and last pages of the letter, (‘Down … Society.—’ and ‘I am particularly … Darwin’); the central portion of text (‘I think … S. hastatum.’) is taken from a quotation in the dealer’s catalogue.
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