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From Eduard Koch1   14 April 1871

Stuttgart

den 14 April 1871

Hochgeehrter Herr!

Heute gab ich ein Packet zur Post enthaltend zwei Exemplare des ersten Bandes Ihres neuesten Werkes über die Abstamung des Menschen.2

Falls Sie noch mehrere Exemplare in Deutschland verschenken wollen, so bitte nur gefaell. die Adressen angeben zu wollen. Mit Vergnügen habe ich gelesen dass in England bereits der zweite Abdruck noethig geworden ist.3 Nach den vorausbestellten Exemplaren zu rechnen, hat das Buch auch in Deutschland einen guten Absatz zu erwarten, obgleich ein Resultat, bei den eigenthüml. Einwicklungen des deutschen Buchhandels, erst spaeter zu ersehen ist.

Indem ich Ihnen nochmals für Ihre Freundlichkeit danke, dass Sie mir auch dieses mal den Verlag des Werkes moeglich gemacht haben, hoffe ich, dass auch Ihre künftigen Werke bei mir erscheinen werden.4

Der II Band folgt in ca. 2 Monaten nach und werde nicht verfehlen Ihnen denselben sofort zu übermitteln.5

Mit ausgezeichneter Hochachtung | Ihr Ergebenster | Eduard Koch

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix I.
Carus trans. 1871, vol. 1. Neither copy is in the Darwin Libraries at CUL or Down.
John Murray had produced a second printing of Descent in March 1871 (see letter to John Murray, 23 March [1871] and n. 1).
Eduard Koch and E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung did continue to publish German translations of works by CD.
The second volume of Carus trans. 1871 evidently appeared in June (see letter from J. V. Carus, 28 May 1871).

Translation

From Eduard Koch1   14 April 1871

Stuttgart

14 April 1871

Dear Sir!

Today I posted a packet containing two copies of the first volume of your latest work on the descent of man.2

Should you desire to give away further copies in Germany, I beg you to kindly provide me with the addresses. With great satisfaction I have read that in England it has already become necessary to start a second impression.3 Judging from the number of copies ordered in advance, your book can be expected to sell well also in Germany, but due to the peculiar convolutedness of the German booktrade we shall not know how well until later.

Let me thank you again for having been so obliging as to enable me to act as the publisher also of this work. May I hope that your future publications will also be entrusted to me?4

The second volume will follow in about two months and I shall not fail to dispatch it to you at once.5

With my profoundest respect | your most devoted | Eduard Koch.

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original German, see p. QQQQ.
Carus trans. 1871, vol. 1. Neither copy is in the Darwin Libraries at CUL or Down.
John Murray had produced a second printing of Descent in March 1871 (see letter to John Murray, 23 March [1871] and n. 1).
Eduard Koch and E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung did continue to publish German translations of works by CD.
The second volume of Carus trans. 1871 evidently appeared in June (see letter from J. V. Carus, 28 May 1871).

Summary

Sends German edition of Descent, vol. 1. Expects good sale. Hopes CD will offer him additional books to publish.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7686
From
Eduard Koch; E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Stuttgart
Source of text
DAR 169: 46
Physical description
1p (German)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7686,” accessed on 27 June 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7686

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19

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