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Letter 5002

Darwin, C. R. to Williams & Norgate

10 Feb [1866]

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    Orders Richard Owen's Anatomy of vertebrates [1866–8],

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    subscribes to Annals and Magazine of Natural History,

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    and orders three back numbers of Medical Times and Gazette.

Transcription

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Feb. 10th

Dear Sir

Please get for me & send to ``care of G. Snow Nag's Head,'' Owens Anatomy of Vertebrates.—

I will take in for present year the Annals & Mag. of Nat. Hist, & it may be sent by post monthly or bimonthly or with the Poultry Book.—

Please & try & procure for me & send soon by Post, the 3 following numbers of the ``Medical Times & Gazette'', viz

for August 19th. 1865

—Sept. 9th. do

Sept 23rd. do

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin

It is a great misfor. that the Nat. Hist. Revw. has ceased.—

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    f1 5002.f1
    The recipient is identified by the references to works published or sold by Williams & Norgate (see nn. 4--6 and 8, below).
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    f2 5002.f2
    The year is established by the date publication of the Natural History Review ceased; see n. 8, below.
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    f3 5002.f3
    The carrier service between Down and London, operated weekly by George Snow, returned from the Nag's Head public house in Borough High Street, London (Post Office London directory 1866, and Freeman 1978, p. 261).
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    f4 5002.f4
    The first of the three volumes of On the anatomy of vertebrates (Owen 1866--8) was published on 14 December 1865, bearing the date 1866 on the title page; the second volume was scheduled to appear on 1 March 1866 (Reader 6 (1865): 655). The third volume did not appear until 1868. There are annotated copies of all three volumes in the Darwin Library--CUL (Marginalia 1: 645--8). The work was published by Longmans, Green, and Co., with whom Williams & Norgate had a collaborative relationship (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 13, letter to J. D. Hooker, [29 July 1865], n. 19; Freeman 1977, pp. 116--17).
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    f5 5002.f5
    CD's annotated set of the Annals and Magazine of Natural History is in the Darwin Library--CUL and runs from 1838 to 1855 inclusive, and from 1865 to 1873 inclusive. CD may have stopped subscribing between 1856 and 1864 (see also Correspondence vol. 8, letter to John Lubbock, [18 November 1860]). From 1866, the journal was published by Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, successor to Longmans, Green, and Co (see n. 4, above; Post Office London directory 1865 and 1866). The covers of several unbound parts in CD's set bear Williams & Norgate's trade label.
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    f6 5002.f6
    The poultry book (Tegetmeier 1867) was published monthly from January 1866. There is an annotated copy of the unbound set of the fifteen published parts in the Darwin Library--CUL (see Marginalia 1: 500--3); the covers of several of the parts bear Williams & Norgate's trade label.
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    f7 5002.f7
    These numbers contained the second of a pair of lectures on inflammation by Lionel Smith Beale (see letter from L. S. Beale, 9 February 1866 and n. 1).
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    f8 5002.f8
    Williams & Norgate were the publishers of the quarterly Natural History Review; CD subscribed to the new series of the journal from its appearance in 1861. The final part of its fifth and last volume appeared in October 1865 (see also Correspondence vol. 13, letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 July 1865 and n. 28).
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