From R. F. Cooke 16 August 1872
50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.
Augt. 16 1872
My dear Sir
The figuring seems to be all correct & so I will send them on to the Company.1
I have this morning made out an estimate for your new work & the item of Heliotypes is indeed a large one, as every 1000 sets will cost us £66—& that is without counting in the preliminary expenses.
I suppose you were convinced the expressions cd. not be portrayed on wood, or it wd have been much cheaper.
I dont see how we can charge a set which costs us 0"1s"4d. without taking into consideration the preliminary expenses less than 0"1"6 & this will bring it to £75— for 1000.!!! How will our American friends & foreign ones like this.2
It will make a terrible hole in the profits of each edition, much more I fear than you imagine.
I write in haste today | Yrs faithfully | Robt. Cooke
C. Darwin Esq
Cost of plates [for Expression] is very high and will make "a terrible hole in the profits".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8473,” accessed on 25 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8473