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From Giovanni Canestrini1   14 May 1868

Museo | Di Storia Naturale | Della Regia Università | di | Modena | Modena,

14 Mai 1868

Hochgeehrtester Herr,

Leider ist mir Ihr letztes Werk, das Sie mir in Ihrem werthen Briefe vom 2. März anzukündigen so gefällig waren, noch nicht zugekommen, hoffe aber es baldigst zu erhalten.2

Einstweilen wurde ich von mehreren Seiten ersucht, es zu übersetzen ins italienische, um so mehr als ich in Verbindung mit Salimbeni, das erste Werk übersetzt habe.3

Ich habe mich nun dazu entschlossen und wende mich desshalb an Sie, mit der Bitte, mir die Erlaubniss der Übersetzung geben zu wollen. Indem ich den Empfang Ihres geehrten Schreibens vom 15 April bestätige,4 zeiche ich mich mit der aufrichtigsten Hochachtung | Ihr ergebenster | Prof. Joh. Canestrini

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix I.
Canestrini’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Variation (see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV). CD’s letter to Canestrini of 2 March 1868 has not been found.
Canestrini refers to Leonardo Salimbeni and to Canestrini and Salimbeni trans. 1864, an Italian translation of Origin. Canestrini also translated the second edition of Variation into Italian (Canestrini trans. 1876).
CD’s letter to Canestrini of 15 April 1868 has not been found.

Translation

From Giovanni Canestrini1   14 May 1868

Museo | Di Storia Naturale | Della Regia Università | di | Modena | Modena,

14 May 1868

Most esteemed Sir,

You kindly announced in your letter of 2 March that your most recent work is on its way. Unfortunately it has not arrived yet but I hope it soon will.2

In the meantime a number of people have asked me to translate it into Italian, especially as I translated your first book in association with Salimbeni.3

I have now decided to do so and therefore I am approaching you with the request to grant me the rights for the translation. Confirming the receipt of your esteemed letter of 15 April,4 I remain with the most sincere respect

your most humble | Prof. Joh. Canestrini

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original German, see part I: 497.
Canestrini’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Variation (see Correspondence vol.16, Appendix IV). CD’s letter to Canestrini of 2 March 1868 has not been found.
Canestrini refers to Leonardo Salimbeni and to Canestrini and Salimbeni trans. 1864, an Italian translation of Origin. Canestrini also translated the second edition of Variation into Italian (Canestrini trans. 1876).
CD’s letter to Canestrini of 15 April 1868 has not been found.

Summary

Asks CD’s permission to translate Variation into Italian [translation not published until 1876].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6173
From
Giovanni Canestrini
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Modena
Source of text
DAR 161: 33
Physical description
1p (German)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6173,” accessed on 20 July 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6173.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16

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