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From E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung1   7 June 1862

Stuttgart

den 7 Juni 1862

Verehrtester Herr!

Sie werden von Herrn Hofrath Bronn vernommen haben, dass das Exemplar Ihrer neuesten Ausgabe des “Origin”, welches Sie die Güte hatten an mich absenden zu lassen, mir richtig zugekommen ist und von mir Herrn Bronn gesendet wurde.2 Ich habe bei diesem Anlasse von Neuem Ihre grosse Gefälligkeit zu rühmen, mit welcher Sie uns bei der Veranstaltung eines neuen Abdruckes von 1000 Ex der deutschen Ausgabe Ihres berühmten Buches entgegen zu kommen die Freundlichkeit haben, wozu Sie auch mich zu grossem Danke verpflichten.3

Herr Bronn hat mir auch angezeigt dass Sie die Gewogenheit hatten ihm 1 Ex des Orchideen Buches zu senden so wie dass so gütig seyn wollen, es zu vermitteln durch Ihren Verleger Herrn Murray dass er mir für den Preis von £10— die Clichés der in den Text eingedruckten Abbildungen liefere;4 ich nehme dieses Offert gerne an und ersuche Sie Hrn Murray zu beauftragen mir in guten Abgüssen recht bald die Clichés per Post zu senden und mir anzugeben an wen ich den Betrag sodann bezahlen soll, oder ob er eine Rimesse auf London wünscht.

Der 2ten. deutschen Ausgabe werde Ihr Portrait beifügen, in Photographie, die ich mir zu diesem Zwecke von London kommen liess, ich glaube damit allen Freunden des Buches eine erwünschte Gabe zu bringen.5

Genehmigen Sie, verehrtester Herr, die Versicherung vollster Hochachtung, | Ihres ergebensten | E Schweizerbart6

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix I. It was written by Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart, who was head of the Stuttgart publishing company E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (see n. 6, below).
Schweizerbart refers to CD’s offer to assist in incorporating new material from the third English edition of Origin into the new (second) German edition of the book (Bronn trans. 1863). See letters to H. G. Bronn, 11 March [1862] and 25 April [1862].
Schweizerbart had agreed, through Bronn, to CD’s suggestion that he might publish a German translation of Orchids (see letter to H. G. Bronn, 11 March [1862], and letter from H. G. Bronn, 27 March 1862); he refers to John Murray, CD’s British publisher.
The photograph included as the frontispiece to the second German edition of Origin (Bronn trans. 1863) is that taken by Maull & Polyblank circa 1857 (see the frontispiece to Correspondence vol. 8; the photograph reproduced there is of a print prepared by Maull & Fox from the original negative).
The publishing firm E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung was founded by Wilhelm Emanuel Schweizerbart; in 1841 he sold the firm to his nephew, Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart, who continued using the signature ‘E. Schweizerbart’ in business communications (Jubiläums-Katalog, pp. x–xi).

Translation

From E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung1   7 June 1862

Stuttgart

7 June 1862

Most honoured Sir,

You will have heard from Herr Hofrat Bronn that the copy of your latest edition of the “Origin”, which you had the kindness to have sent to me has arrived safely and has been sent to Mr Bronn.2 On this occasion I must again praise the great kindness with which you have assisted us in organising a new printing of 1000 copies of the German edition of your famous book, for which assistance I am most grateful.3

Mr Bronn also informed me that you were kind enough to send him a copy of the book on orchids, and also that you would be so good as to arrange with your publisher, Mr Murray that he should send me for the price of £10— the plates of the illustrations that are inserted in the text;4 I accept your offer gladly and herewith request that you ask Mr Murray to send me good castings of the plates as soon as possible and to inform me to whom I should pay the amount, or whether he would like a London draft.

I shall add your portrait to the 2nd. German edition, from a photograph that I had sent to me from London for this purpose, since I believe it will make a welcome gift to all those who admire the book.5

Please accept, most honoured Sir, the assurance of the fullest respect of your most faithful | E. Schweizerbart.6

Footnotes

For the transcription of this letter in its original German, see pp. 235–6. The letter was written by Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart, who was head of the Stuttgart publishing company E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (see n. 6, below).
Schweizerbart refers to CD’s offer to assist in incorporating new material from the third English edition of Origin into the new (second) German edition of the book (Bronn trans. 1863). See letters to H. G. Bronn, 11 March [1862] and 25 April [1862].
Schweizerbart had agreed, through Bronn, to CD’s suggestion that he might publish a German translation of Orchids (see letter to H. G. Bronn, 11 March [1862], and letter from H. G. Bronn, 27 March 1862); he refers to John Murray, CD’s British publisher.
The photograph included as the frontispiece to the second German edition of Origin (Bronn trans. 1863) is that taken by Maull & Polyblank circa 1857 (see the frontispiece to Correspondence vol. 8; the photograph reproduced there is of a print prepared by Maull & Fox from the original negative).
The publishing firm E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung was founded by Wilhelm Emanuel Schweizerbart; in 1841 he sold the firm to his nephew, Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart, who continued using the signature ‘E. Schweizerbart’ in business communications (Jubiläums-Katalog pp. x–xi).

Summary

Discusses publication of second German edition of Origin [1863] and German edition of Orchids [1862].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3590
From
E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Stuttgart
Source of text
DAR 177: 68
Physical description
2pp (German)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3590,” accessed on 19 April 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3590

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10

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