Informs CD third edition of Origin is exhausted. Proposes a new edition. Has CD any changes? Since demand is slowing up, proposes printing only 1250 copies and deferring payment of CD's share until sales have repaid manufacturing costs.
My Dear Sir
I have the pleasure to inform you that the Third Edition of your Origin of Species, printed 1861 is now exhausted. Will it be agreable to you that I send to press a new Edition, & if so have you any changes to make?—
The demand for the work after 3 Editions is necessarily slow &
limited— I w
When you do me the favor to answer this, I w
I remain My Dear Sir | Your faithful servant | John Murray
Charles Darwin Esq
- f1 5014.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 22 February .
- f2 5014.f2The print run of the third edition of Origin was 2000 copies (Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776). It was published in April 1861 (see Correspondence vol. 9).
- f3 5014.f3The print run of the fourth edition of Origin was 1500 copies. The production cost of the book exceeded the sum paid to the author, which was slightly less than two-thirds of the profit. See Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776.
- f4 5014.f4In his most recent known letter to Murray, CD had written, `I am now better but know not in the least whether I shall keep well enough to work', having reported his recent loss of five or six weeks owing to illness (Correspondence vol. 13, letter to John Murray, 2 June ).