Has sold 400 copies of Facts and arguments for Darwin. It is a poor time for bookselling.
Last Quarterly Review has best exposition of Darwinism he has met with [A. R. Wallace, "Geological climates, and origin of species", Q. Rev. 126 (1869): 359–94].
Proposes to print 2000 copies of a new [5th] edition of Origin.
50, Albemarle S
My Dear Sir
It appears that I have sold 400 copies of Muller out of 1000 printed. It is a very bad time for Bookselling, this—indeed for every kind of business. I was sorry to hear you had met with an accident— Did you get the last Quarterly? It seems to me the best exposition of the Darwinian Theory I have met with
I propose to print 2000 copies of the new Edition of Origin
of Species & hope to reduce the price to the original
My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
Ch Darwin Esq
- f1 6715.f1The year is established by the reference to Dallas trans. 1869 (see n. 2, below).
- f2 6715.f2William Sweetland Dallas's translation of Fritz Müller's Für Darwin (Dallas trans. 1869, F. Müller 1864a) was published in March 1869 (see letter from Robert Cooke, 12 March 1869).
- f3 6715.f3Murray refers to a review by Alfred Russel Wallace in the Quarterly Review ([Wallace] 1869b). On CD's accident, see the letter to A. R. Wallace, 14 April 1869 and n. 12.
- f4 6715.f4Murray refers to the fifth edition of Origin.
- f5 6715.f5CD had asked Murray to send J. Noordhoek Hegt a copy of his Journal of researches (see letter to J. N. Hegt, 27 April ).