From R. F. Cooke 1 November 1871
50a, Albemarle Street, London, W.
Nov. 1 1871
My dear Sir
Excuse the delay in replying to you, but just now I am more than usually occupied, as our Annual Trade Sale is approaching.
I was much astonished to find you had not received any proofs of the Cheap Edition & I wrote to Messrs. Clowes & I enclose their reply.1
You had better agree to have this edition stereotyped. If it takes, the advantage will be great & you can always make verbal alterations or even cancel pages. All that is requisite, is, that you shd. fill up the quantity you take out.2
We shall sell out, all the copies we have remaining of the “Descent” at our Sale on the 10th. The type is still up & so we can print off 500 or 1000 more & then let Clowes distribute the type.3
I suppose you are now deep in the Contemporary.4 I have dipped into it, but not read it.
Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke
We have sold 14 copies of Mr Wrights pamphlet.5
We purpose to publish cheap edition of “Origin” whenever it is ready6
Chas. Darwin Esq
Suggests CD have Origin [6th ed.] stereotyped.
Will sell out remaining copies of Descent at forthcoming trade sale, print off 500 or 1000 more, and then have the type distributed.
14 copies of C. Wright’s pamphlet have been sold.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8044,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8044