CD has heard from Lyell that JM is inclined to publish a second edition of Journal of researches. His agreement with Henry Colburn leaves CD free to publish with anyone. Will have no further relations with Colburn. Discusses details of proposed revisions.
Down near Bromley Kent
Having heard from M
The only difficulty which I see in the way of a second edition, is my ignorance how
many copies remain unsold, & how to ascertain this or
how their purchase, if as I believe, they are few, could be negotiated: I should be most unwilling to enter into any communication with
If I may at all judge from the opinion of scientific acquaintances, I should hope for a
considerable sale: I may mention, that Capt. Basil Hall, long ago, urged me to publish a
cheaper edition.— I sh
I beg to remain | Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
- f1 841.f1Charles Lyell had talked with Murray about a possible second edition of CD's Journal of researches (see letter to Charles Lyell, [8 February 1845]).
- f2 841.f2This refers to the incident described in CD's letter to John Murray, 12 April .
- f3 841.f3The notes were made for Ernst Dieffenbach's German translation (1844). CD had asked that they be returned (see letter to C. G. Ehrenberg, 23 January ) but they have not been found and may not have been recovered by CD.
- f4 841.f4According to Freeman (1977, p. 33) Henry Colburn printed 1500 copies of Journal of researches. In 1842 CD reported that 1337 copies had been sold, see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Susan Darwin, [22 February 1842].
- f5 841.f5Apparently this arrangement was not made, since Colburn advertised the Journal of researches in 1849, four years after the second edition published by Murray (Freeman 1977, p. 33).
- f6 841.f6John Murray's Colonial and Home Library was a popular series. Works were issued in monthly parts at 2s. 6d. before being published in bound volumes.