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DCP-LETT-5099

From John Murray   25 May [1866]1

50A., Albemarle St. | W.

May 25

My Dear Sir

The printing of the new Edition of your work on Species is now nearly completed—& I write to inform you that I have directed that the Edition shall be limited to 1000 copies.2 Calculating, as far as I can upon the recent demand for the work that number may last from 3 to 5 years. I hope this will be agreeable to you.

I rejoice to hear so good an account of your improved health & am only sorry I had no opportunity of bearing witness to it myself—having missed seeing you at the Rl. Society Soirée3 & elsewhere— I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq

CD annotations

2.1 I rejoice … improved] scored pencil
2.1 your improved] ‘Future book’ added pencil
Head of letter: ‘Additions Lithograph Plates) Advertise a little | ** Future Book [del pencil] | Copies— [after del illeg] I shall give away a good no.’ added pencil

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the references to the fourth edition of Origin and to the Royal Society of London soirée (see nn. 2 and 3, below).
2
Murray printed 1500 copies of the fourth edition of Origin (Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776); it was published in November 1866 (Publishers’ Circular 1866). See also letter from John Murray, 30 May [1866].
3
CD attended a reception at the Royal Society on 28 April 1866 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). See letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 May 1866 and n. 3.

Summary

Printing [of 4th edition of Origin] nearly complete. Will print 1000 copies which, at present rate of sale, may last three to five years.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5099
From
Murray, John (b)
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 334
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5099,” accessed on 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5099

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