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Letter 7387

Cooke, R. F. & John Murray, Publishers to Darwin, C. R.

5 Dec 1870


Has just heard that 1st volume of Dutch edition [of Descent] has been announced for 10 December. Was CD aware that the Dutch intended to publish vol. 1 by itself?


50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Decr. 5 1870

My dear Sir

We have just heard from Rotterdam that the 1st. Volume ofyr new work is announced there for publication on the 10th.f1

Are you aware that they intend to publish Vol 1 by itself.?

We have sent them the Electros, so they can do so unless theyare desired to the contrary.f2

When do you think we may be able to publish the 2 Vols here?f3

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq

DAR 171: 382



Cooke refers to the Dutch translation of Descent (Hartogh Heijsvan Zouteveen trans. 1871–2). See letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijsvan Zouteveen, 27 November 1870, and letter to Hermanus Hartogh Heijsvan Zouteveen, 30 November [1870]. The Dutch translation of Descentdid not begin to appear until early 1871 (Correspondence vol. 19,letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 2 March 1871).
Cooke refers to electrotypes of the illustrations to Descent(see letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870]).
Descent was published on 24 February 1871 (R. B. Freeman 1977).
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