Printing [of 4th edition of Origin] nearly complete. Will print 1000 copies which, at present rate of sale, may last three to five years.
My Dear Sir
The printing of the new Edition of your work on Species is now nearly completed—& I write to inform you that I have directed that the Edition shall be limited to 1000 copies. Calculating, as far as I can upon the recent demand for the work that number may last from 3 to 5 years. I hope this will be agreeable to you.
I rejoice to hear so good an account of your improved health & am only sorry I
had no opportunity of bearing witness to it myself—having missed seeing you at
Chas Darwin Esq
- f1 5099.f1The year is established by the references to the fourth edition of Origin and to the Royal Society of London soirée (see nn. 2 and 3, below).
- f2 5099.f2Murray printed 1500 copies of the fourth edition of Origin (Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776); it was published in November 1866 (Publishers' Circular 1866). See also letter from John Murray, 30 May .
- f3 5099.f3CD attended a reception at the Royal Society on 28 April 1866 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)). See letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 May 1866 and n. 3.
- f4 5099.f4CD's annotations were made for his letter to John Murray, 28 May .