Will be proud to publish CD's new work on domestic animals [Variation]. Will announce it as the complement of the Origin. Advises on woodcuts; does not wish to limit number; agrees to CD's suggestions for artists.
50, Albemarle S
My Dear Sir
I answer without delay your obliging note of yesterday—
I have no doubt your new work on Domestic Animals & Plants will be one of great
value & interest & I shall be very proud to be the
publisher—of it as of your ``Origin''— I
do not think you could select a better size than it—& it is of some
consequence that your new work sh
I am quite well satisfied that M
I fear I have parted with the cuts of Dixons book I was not pleased with him & gladly washed my hands of it—but the Birds can be re-engraved.
I am going over to France for 3 weeks—& in my absence
Meanwhile if you are anxious to put the cuts in hand—I see no objection— When I return I will look after them & I will also ask you to let me see any portion of your MS wch may be ready.
I was sorry to hear from Sir Ch Lyell a poor account of your health— but hope you are better again
I am | My Dear Sir | Your faithful & obliged servt | John Murray
P S. As I have been prepared from the first for this work & look upon
it as the Complement of the ``Origin of S.'' I
propose—unless you object to announce it in my Quarterly List of New
Works—wch will appear next week
This will give timely notice to those who possess the Origin—but I
Chas Darwin Esq.
- f1 3493.f1Letter to John Murray, 31 March .
- f2 3493.f2The firm of John Murray published Variation in 1868; they had first published Origin in 1859.
- f3 3493.f3Though both works were published in octavo, the height of Origin was 198 mm, while Variation was 220 mm (see Freeman 1977, pp. 84, 124). See also letter to John Murray, 31 March .
- f4 3493.f4See letter to John Murray, 31 March . The references are to George Brettingham Sowerby Jr, Luke Wells, and Walter Hood Fitch.
- f5 3493.f5See n. 3, above.
- f6 3493.f6Dixon 1851. See letter to John Murray, 31 March  and n. 17.
- f7 3493.f7No correspondence with Robert Francis Cooke on the sales of Origin and Orchids has been found; however, the following is written at the bottom of the letter: `on hand | 150 Origin of Species | 580 Orchids'. It is probable that these figures were added by Cooke, and are the answers to CD's enquiry (see letter to John Murray, 31 March ). The 150 copies of Origin remained from a printing of 2000 copies of the third edition, published in April 1861, and the 580 copies of Orchids, published on 15 May 1862, remained from a printing of 1500 (see Freeman 1977, pp. 78, 112, and Correspondence vol. 10, letter to John Murray, 9 April ).
- f8 3493.f8CD had announced in the introduction to Origin, p. 2, that he hoped to follow that work by `publishing in detail all the facts, with references' on which his conclusions had been founded. CD had consulted Murray about his plan to publish a more extensive work on species on several occasions (see Correspondence vol. 7, letter to T. H. Huxley, 16 December , and letter to John Murray, 22 December , and Correspondence vol. 9, letters to John Murray, 3 March  and 30 April ). Variation included an expanded study of the subject of the first chapter of Origin.
- f9 3493.f9See letter to John Murray, 31 March  and n. 2.