Advice to JDH on problems of printing and publishing.
Remarks on differences of species between islets of Galapagos group.
Down— Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I am truly pleased in every way at your grant; I hope & have no doubt, that it
will give you more satisfaction than mine did me, in as much as
you will make a far worthier use of it— Pray never apologise for asking any
question, which I can answer; it is a pleasure to me.— With all Sir
William's experience, you will have a good start in
publication-affairs— I fear I cannot help you much.— I enclose
(which keep as long as you like, but sometime return to me)
I sent on Saturday my volumcito to you by Deliverance Company; it is purely geological.—
If you have any further doubts about Malden
In the Flora of the Pacific, I shd think, judging from shells, that the great open space of water between the Low or Dangerous Archipelago & the American coast, was the dividing line; it is wonderfully so with the sea-shells.—
The supposed Asiatic character of the Flora of Oceania, I had thought was connected with the heavy gales, or almost hurricanes, coming from that quarter & being opposed to the trade-winds; not that I suppose the actual species have been transported; but the possibility of communication seems to produce affinity in the organic beings of two regions. If you will look at the map in my Coral-volume, you will see that probably much more land existed within geologically recent times than now exists.—
To return, I know that an artist can almost immediately learn to draw on Lithographic stones.— I believe Hullmandell is a good Lithog. printer; but I found him rather troublesome.
I forgot to tell you before that Dr
I suppose you will consider Juan Fernandez: Has not Bertero, in his list in
Silliman's Journal, published a list of plants of this
isld? I think M. Gay has also written on this
I must have some more thinking over your curious remarks on distribution of large genera; you have put the case rather differently from that which I had intended; but I will sometime trouble you with another letter. Excuse this untidy letter; as I am not well.
Yours ever | C. Darwin
- f1 740.f1The Treasury grant of £1000 for Zoology was not sufficient to cover the total cost of producing its 166 plates and 632 pages of letterpress, see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to A. Y. Spearman, 9 October 1843, n. 1.
- f2 740.f2Andrew Smith published A. Smith 1838–49 with the aid of a Treasury grant. For CD's arrangements with Smith, Elder and Company and the Treasury concerning the publication of Zoology, see Correspondence vol. 2.
- f3 740.f3The individual numbers cost 6, 8, or 10s., with the exception of number fifteen, which cost 15s. The total cost of all the unbound parts amounted to £8 15s. The bound work, in five volumes, was priced at £9 2s. (Freeman 1977, pp. 27–30).
- f4 740.f4Volcanic islands, the second of CD's three volumes on the geology of the Beagle voyage, was published in March 1844 (The Publishers' circular).
- f5 740.f5Krusenstern 1824–7b and 1835.
- f6 740.f6CD discussed the conchology of this area in his essay of 1844 (Foundations, p. 179) and Journal of researches 2d ed., p. 391.
- f7 740.f7Charles Joseph Hullmandel. For CD's difficulties with Hullmandel see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, [c. 1 October 1843].
- f8 740.f8Francis Boott included descriptions of two Beagle carices in Boott 1851. Carex does not occur in the Galápagos; however Hooker enumerated five species of the related Cyperus (J. D. Hooker 1845d, pp. 177–8).
- f9 740.f9Bertero 1830. CD was thinking of Bertero 1831–3, which does not list Juan Fernandez plants.
- f10 740.f10Gay 1833.
- f11 740.f11Endlicher 1833. CD's copy is in the Darwin Library–Down.