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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   30 August 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Augt. 30 1875

My dear Sir

I am very much vexed about the proofs of the new edition of “Animals & Plants” but when I wrote to Messrs. Clowes & Sons on the subject I was not aware of your wishes.1

We are continually in the habit of sending out proofs to authors on larger paper, in the form of slips, so that there may be plenty of margin, so that it was not on the score of extra expense that I wrote.

Your works (& we have had just now 3 in hand) have been under my immediate management & I know all about them, but as I may be away when “Animals & Plants” are sent to press, I was afraid by having the proofs sent here on demy 8vo. paper instead of Crown 8vo., that in my absence (& as the last edition was on the larger size), a wrong sized paper would be ordered.2 It was to avoid a mistake that I asked Clowes to send our proofs on the Crown paper.

But this shall now be all arranged before I go for my holiday, next week, as I will at once give directions about the paper & I shall have a paper not quite so stout as Insectivorous Plants, as the Volumes will average 500 pages each.

You do not say whether Appletons are to have stereotypes of this new edition.3

1500 No will be right of Climbing Plants— a less No will not do with yr name.

Regretting very much the annoyance about the proofs | I am | Faithfully Yours | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq

Footnotes

See letter to R. F. Cooke, 29 August [1875]. CD had requested that the printers, William Clowes & Sons, provide proofs of Variation 2d ed. on wider paper.
In addition to Variation 2d ed., John Murray was publishing Climbing plants 2d ed. and reprinting Insectivorous plants (third thousand); additional print runs of Descent 2d ed. (eleventh thousand), and of Origin 6th ed. also appeared during the year, but from stereotypes (Freeman 1977; on the difficulties of establishing the history of the reprints of Origin, see especially pp. 80–1). On the change in paper size between the first and second editions of Variation, see the letter from R. F. Cooke, 6 August 1875 and n. 3.
Cooke had asked CD in his letter of 27 August 1875 whether D. Appleton & Co. wanted to print a new US edition from stereotypes of Variation 2d ed.

Bibliography

Climbing plants 2d ed.: The movements and habits of climbing plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

Descent 2d ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Variation 2d ed.: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.

Summary

Apologises for the annoyance caused about the size of proof paper. Clears up misunderstanding. As for Climbing plants, RC thinks no less than 1500 copies of a book by CD should be printed.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10139
From
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 468
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10139,” accessed on 14 December 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10139.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23

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