From John Murray 2 November 1859
Nov. 2. 1859
My dear Sir
By this day’s post I send you a specimen copy of your book bound— I hope it may receive your approval. Please reply by return & not a moment shall be lost in getting ready the early copies—your instructions seem quite clear & shall be carefully followed.
Now as to price—the book from its bulk & size will not be dear at 14/. & this is the price I propose. At this price the edition of 1250 copies will yield about £240— rds of which will go to the author— The only alternative is 12/.—which will yield no more than £150—1
At 14/. the lowest trade allowance will be 9/6 My Trade Sale is unavoidably put off to the 22nd—this will give more time for your copies to circulate— I will do the best for the foreign ones
I am dear Sir (in great haste) | Yours very faithfully, (signed) John Murray.
In the above statement of probable profits, I have not deducted anything for corrections & omissions— They amount in Clowes’ bill to £72:8:—but I do not wish to deduct any part of them in your case, but to let them go into the general account of expenses2 Charles Darwin Esq.
Terrace, Ilkley Wells, Ottley.3
- Letter no.
- Murray, John (b)
- Darwin, C. R.
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 pp. 53–4)
By this post he sends for approval specimen copy of CD’s book [Origin of species]. At 14 s., 1250 copies will yield £240, two-thirds of which will go to author. Arrangements for early copies.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2513A,” accessed on 29 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2513A