CD arranging for a translation of FM's Für Darwin by W. S. Dallas.
Down, Bromley, Kent [4 Chester Place]
My dear Sir
Your Brother, as you will have heard from him, felt so convinced
that you would not object to a Translation of ``Für Darwin'', that I
have ventured to arrange for a translation. Engelmann has very
liberally offered me ``cliches'' of the woodcuts for 22 thalers;
I am quite indifferent to any loss, as it cannot be large, & if 100 copies are sold to naturalists I shall think any loss well repaid to me by the aid which your admirable work will do towards spreading the views, which we both entertain.—
I shall consult Murray how many copies to print.— I suppose
750 or 1000. Please say how many you w
My dear Sir | Yours very truly | Ch. Darwin
P.S. We are much perplexed about Title for the Translation.— I
proposed ``Für Darwin'', but Murray, Sir C. Lyell, & Dallas were
most strongly opposed, as so unusual: they were, as well as some
others, equally opposed to ``For Darwin'' Sir C. Lyell suggested
``Facts & arguments in favour of Darwin''. I think I like this best;
but I have not as yet heard from M
- f1 6014.f1CD refers to Hermann Müller and to F. Müller 1864 (see letter from Hermann Müller, [after 23 February 1868]).
- f2 6014.f2See letter from Hermann Müller, 10 March 1868. CD refers to Wilhelm Engelmann.
- f3 6014.f3The reference is to CD's publisher, John Murray.
- f4 6014.f4Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold's work on parthenogenesis in moths and bees (Siebold 1856) was translated by William Sweetland Dallas (Siebold 1857). Dallas also frequently translated articles from German for Annals and Magazine of Natural History, and had produced the index for Variation (see Correspondence vol. 15).
- f5 6014.f5For Müller's corrections and additions, see the enclosure to the letter from Fritz Müller, 22 April 1868.
- f6 6014.f6According to Murray's ledger book (John Murray Archive), 1000 copies of the book (W. S. Dallas trans. 1869) were printed. Murray received a 10 per cent commission for sales and warehousing. After one year, a loss of £21 2s. 3d. was recorded, but over the next ten years small profits were recorded each year.
- f7 6014.f7Charles Lyell.
- f8 6014.f8The English title was Facts and arguments for Darwin (Dallas trans. 1869).