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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-5255

From John Murray   25 October [1866]1

50A Albemarle St. | W.

Oct 25

My Dear Sir

Under the circumstances considering Mess. T & F’s position the best course for me to pursue perhaps is to ask D Appletons Co. agent here if he is willing to take the 250 copies new Edn. as proposed— if not agreed to we must trust to a certain demand for single copies from the US2

Had I contemplated sending away 250 copies, I wd have printed more than 1250 for this Editn 3

My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

I thank you for your kind & considerate letter of Oct 204

Ch Darwin Esq

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 23 October [1866].
2
Murray refers to the American publishing firms Ticknor & Fields and D. Appleton & Co. CD had conveyed Asa Gray’s advice that Murray send copies of the fourth edition of Origin for the American market (see letter to John Murray, 23 October [1866] and n. 2).
3
According to the publisher’s ledger, 1500 copies of the fourth edition of Origin were printed (see Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776).
4
No letter from CD bearing this date has been found.

Summary

Under circumstances [reluctance of Ticknor & Fields to compete with Appleton], best course is to offer Appleton the 250 copies [of 4th English edition of Origin].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5255
From
Murray, John (b)
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 339
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5255,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5255

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