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Letter 5345

Murray, John (b) to Darwin, C. R.

2 Jan [1867]

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    William Clowes [printer for J. Murray] estimates that Variation will come to a first volume of 648 pages and a second volume of 624 pages – which is too much for volumes the same size as Origin. Murray proposes a larger size.


Albemarle St

Jany 2

My Dear Sir

Mr Clowes' estimate of your MS. shows that it will make

Vol I. 648 pages post 8vo " II 624 pages

same size as the origin of Species—independant of contents Preface Index & any additl Chapter—

This is clearly too much for volumes of that size—& I propose therefore—with your consent to substitute the larger (Demy) 8vo size in wch your work wd form 2 Volumes like the last Edn of Lyells Principles

On hearing from you the Printer will be set to work

I am My Dear Sir | faithfully yours | John Murray

Ch. Darwin Esq

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    f1 5345.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 3 January [1867].
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    CD sent the manuscript of Variation to John Murray on 22 December 1866 (see Correspondence vol. 14, letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866], and Appendix II). Murray also refers to William Clowes of the printing firm William Clowes & Sons.
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    Murray refers to Origin. In his letter to Murray of 21 and 22 December [1866] (Correspondence vol. 14), CD said that he was sending all of the manuscript of Variation apart from the last chapter and a possible chapter on humans (see also ibid., letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1866]). `8vo': octavo.
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    Murray refers to the tenth edition of Charles Lyell's Principles of geology (C. Lyell 1867--8).
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