To V. O. Kovalevsky 26 March 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I have much pleasure in answering your questions as far as I can. My work will be full sized octavo in two vols, each containing, I conjecture, about 500 pages; but the second vol. will be thicker than the first & I hope more interesting.2
There are 42 wood cuts. If you determine on a translation you had better negociate directly with Mr. Murray of Albemarle St London for stereotypes.3 I cannot ask him to give you them gratis as he publishes at his own risk & pays me. I have already the first proofs of 180 pages & I suppose the whole work will be completed in from 4 to 6 months.4 The first 6 clean sheets will probably be printed off in 2 or 3 weeks & I will send them to you by post.
I am much obliged for your brother’s memoirs which I have no doubt will interest me:5 his assistance will be of great importance to you in the translation.
With respect to an introduction to your edition I really do not know what I could say.6 You might yourself state that you received from me early sheets, & that the translation had my concurrence.
When you have occasion to write again, be so kind as to inform me whether there has been a russian translation of my “Origin of Species”;7 if not I still think that this would be a better book for you to undertake. I am aware that a russian translation of Dr. Rolle abstract of my views has appeared.8
Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Answers VOK’s questions regarding the size of forthcoming Variation and gives his consent to a translation.
But if Origin has not yet been translated into Russian, CD thinks it would be a better book to undertake.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5464,” accessed on 24 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5464