Would be great honour to have CV translate Variation, but Schweizerbart has arranged for J. V. Carus to do it.
Has read CV's Lectures on man  with extreme interest.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I thank you sincerely for your very obliging letter. I look at it as a very great
honour that a naturalist whose name I have respected for so many years should be willing
to undertake the translation of my book. But Herr
Schweizerbart, who published the Origin of Species applied to me some time ago,
& as he had persuaded Prof. Victor Carus to make the translation, I have agreed
to his proposal. The book, I am sorry to say, is very large,
viz 2 vols. large 8
With the most sincere respect & with my best thanks I remain my dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
P.S. I should very much like to possess a photograph of you if you will send
me one; & I enclose one of myself in case you w
- f1 5499.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Carl Vogt, 8 April 1867.
- f2 5499.f2Vogt had offered to prepare the German translation of Variation in his letter of 8 April 1867.
- f3 5499.f3CD refers to Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart, head of the firm that published the German translations of Origin (Bronn trans. 1860 and 1863), and Julius Victor Carus.
- f4 5499.f4See letter from J. V. Carus, 5 April 1867, and letter to J. V. Carus, 11 April .
- f5 5499.f5See letter from Carl Vogt, 8 April 1867 and n. 6.
- f6 5499.f6See CD's `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 15, Appendix II). Variation was published in January 1868. Vogt's name appears on CD's presentation list for the first English edition of Variation (DAR 210:11. 33).
- f7 5499.f7There is a lightly annotated copy of Vogt's Lectures on man (C. Vogt 1864), a translation of C. Vogt 1863, in the Darwin Library--CUL (Marginalia 1: 824). See also letter to Edward Blyth, 23 February  and n. 3.
- f8 5499.f8CD may have sent a copy of a photograph of himself taken by Ernest Edwards during CD's visits to London in November 1865 or April 1866 (see Correspondence vol. 13, letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 25 [November 1865] and n. 3), or a copy of one taken by his son William Erasmus Darwin in 1864 (see Correspondence vol. 14, letter from W. E. Darwin, 8 May  and n. 10). Vogt's photograph has not been found in the Darwin Archive--CUL.