From John Murray 18 July 1
50A, Albemarle St. | W.
My Dear Sir
The season for literary publication is so far passed & people are so destracted by gaieties travelling & War Bulletins2 that I am keeping back all my new books until the beginning of November
I intended to do this with regard to the new Edition of your work on Species & unless you have some very special reason for bringing it out now, I wd beg your consent to the delay wch so far from an injury will prove advantageous to the book.3 If you agree to this I will take care that your List of presentation copies shall be sent out before the end of October4—my selected time for publication being the season when days grow short & nights cold.
If you desire a copy for yourself meanwhile you shall have it with the greatest pleasure
I believe I told you I have made the Edition 12505
My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
PS. The insanity of English booksellers in not cutting the edges of books arises from the propensity of Englishmen & women to read books without buying them—stantes pede in suo in the booksellers shops—6 They have various other devices by wch they try to effect the same illaudable object—eg by borrowing I have one friend who has borrowed the Quarterly Review from me regularly for 40 years—
Chas Darwin Esq
Proposes to delay issue [of 4th ed. of Origin] until November to obtain better market conditions. Now printing 1250 copies.
Explains practice of not cutting pages is due to propensity of English public to read books without buying them.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5161,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5161